Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson both became slam-dunk additions to the Lions’ Mt. Rushmore. When it comes to team accomplishments, however, neither enjoyed much success.
As Anwar Richardson of MLive.com points out, Johnson has struggled through some awful Lions teams. In this age of supposed parity, Johnson has appeared in one playoff game in six NFL seasons, and he has played for the only 0-16 team in league history.
That’s even worse than Sanders, who in a decade of perceived futility nevertheless had six playoff appearances, and who was never on a team that won fewer than five games.
As Richardson points out, Sanders deserved better — and so does Johnson.
The Lions seem to believe that 2012’s slide doesn’t reveal the true status of the team. If they can’t prove that with a strong performance in 2013, Johnson’s career will be seven seasons long, with still only one playoff game.