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Calvin Johnson: I believe this is our best chance at a title

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There was nothing but gloom for the Lions as the 2013 season lurched to an unhappy ending all too familiar to followers of the team.

Things seem to be looking up this season, though. Quarterback Matthew Stafford calls the team as talented as any in the league on paper and coach Jim Caldwell referenced his history with champs in Indianapolis and Baltimore while saying he thought this team had the foundation of a Super Bowl winner. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson shares that optimism, saying that he believes “this is our best chance” to win a championship.

“I honestly believe that,” Johnson said, via the Detroit Free Press. “And you’ve got to buy in. You’ve got to buy into the coaches’ philosophy, and we have. I believe that everybody is doing exactly what the coaches want us to do, and if we’re not, if something is not like he wants it, he’s going to tell us and we’re going to get better at it and he only has to tell us one time.”

The Lions have made it to the playoffs once since Johnson joined the team and compiled a 36-76 record overall with the wide receiver on the roster, so it is tempting to say that his belief about championship chances is an overshoot. It might be, but it would still be a step in the right direction for Detroit if they put together their best team since adding Johnson.

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31 Responses to “Calvin Johnson: I believe this is our best chance at a title”
  1. ravenswhat says: Sep 3, 2014 6:55 AM

    Not with that Swiss cheese D.

  2. factman1000 says: Sep 3, 2014 6:58 AM

    haha the lions winning a title hahahaha

  3. RegisHawk says: Sep 3, 2014 7:06 AM

    I feel sorry for him and others like Fitz: great talents on mediocre teams.

  4. hansenbrothers says: Sep 3, 2014 7:07 AM

    Pssh, the lions are the third best team in that division

  5. lmfaooooo says: Sep 3, 2014 7:10 AM

    Think this is the year they get over the hump. I look at them and see a 11-5 team while taking the North.

    -Not an NFC fan

  6. schoolat40 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:16 AM

    Sounds like a bunch of Seattle wanna-b’s…

  7. rebosprj says: Sep 3, 2014 7:17 AM

    Wow, the whole team needs to be tested for Molly

  8. flash1287 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:28 AM

    Yeah, no!
    Unfortunately Calvin you are the WR version of Barry Sanders.
    If you want a shot at a title get out of Detroit.

  9. patriotsarespygaters says: Sep 3, 2014 7:32 AM

    Love this time of the year so many delusional teams even the jaguars and raiders are hopeful

  10. philliesblow says: Sep 3, 2014 7:51 AM

    Calvin, you play for the Lions. You have no chance to win a title.

  11. larrydavidstern says: Sep 3, 2014 8:10 AM

    Still don’t understand how the Lions drafted a Tight End with their first pick when they have 2 decent ones already and they haven’t had a good secondary in forever. Also, the hiring of Jim Caldwell=Big Mistake. I remember thinking it was a joke that he was even being interviewed for the job, let alone him actually getting it!

  12. htown995 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:17 AM

    Yeah right with yalls dense no wayyallshould worryvabout making the playoffs first then winning a playoff game

  13. 6ball says: Sep 3, 2014 8:27 AM

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    Charter member of Underachievers Anonymous.
    .

  14. doe22us says: Sep 3, 2014 9:13 AM

    Wait, is there something going on in the waters in Detroit. First make the playoffs or better yet win your division before championship talk. For a team that has made the playoffs once in god knows how long, they have been yapping.

  15. viggyhead says: Sep 3, 2014 9:37 AM

    I feel bad for Calvin. The Lions are a cursed franchise and will never rise to the top!

  16. chris1cat says: Sep 3, 2014 9:39 AM

    Just be the #1 wr in fantasy this yr.

  17. thethorntonstrokes says: Sep 3, 2014 10:21 AM

    Lions swept the Bears last year and their fans are still talking like we’re their little brother…lol

  18. luz56 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:23 AM

    Best chance at being the best football team in Michigan maybe..Lions went from one extreme to another hiring a HC who is comatose…you are not beating SF, GB, AZ, SEA, PHIL, NO… You might be the 8-10 best team in the NFC son!!!

  19. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Sep 3, 2014 10:40 AM

    I’m glad all you clowns are getting your jokes in now because you won’t have anything left to laugh about if your team is unfortunate enough to have to play the Lions this year.
    And to you geniuses who can’t help but recycle some variation of the tired, old “I feel bad for Calvin being stuck in Detroit” line: Did you know that he signed with us through 2019 because he WANTS to be here? Are you jealous? It sure seems like it.

  20. lks311 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:47 AM

    First, he’d be raked over the coals if he said they had no shot. Second, if they didn’t have that Lion on their helmets, people would be talking about the talent on this team.

    Lions have the pieces, they just need to go show it on the field.

  21. purpleguy says: Sep 3, 2014 12:00 PM

    The Lions’ entire offense and D-line are playoff caliber, but the back end of the defense has too many question marks to consider this a Super Bowl contending team. They may be better than my team, and may fight for a Wild Card, but anything more is unrealistic. If they re-sign Nate Burleson, however, I will cheer for them loudly at least 14 games a year.

  22. rl7911 says: Sep 3, 2014 2:05 PM

    htown995 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:17 AM

    Yeah right with yalls dense no wayyallshould worryvabout making the playoffs first then winning a playoff game
    ————
    The Lions look to have the best D in the NFCN.

  23. bigwalt2990 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:00 PM

    The Lions have the best defense in the NFCN. The best RB duo, best WR corp, best TE corp, best Oline…

  24. rl79111 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:27 PM

    The only thing the Lions have officially in the NFCN is the best single WR and that is it.

    Look at these Lion’s fantasizing like they have the best everything..

    AP > Forte > Lacy > Bush

    Calvin > Marshall > Alshon > Cobb > Nelson > maybe a Viking WR

    Rudolph > Bennett > who ever the Packers TE is > stupid rookie big mouth Lions TE

    Rodgers > Cutler > Cassel > Stafford

    Packers D = Bears D > Lions > Vikings

    Vikings Oline > Packers = Bears Oline > Lions Oline

    The Lions blow and always have for the past 2 decades. when you goofy Lions fans actually win something then talk until then stop being delusional!

  25. calvinthegreat82 says: Sep 3, 2014 5:34 PM

    thethorntonstrokes says:
    Sep 3, 2014 10:21 AM

    Lions swept the Bears last year and their fans are still talking like we’re their little brother…lol

    ____________________________________

    Excuse me Mr. Homer Lion’s fan….The swept was pathetic, against a 2nd and 3rd string defense and the 1st game you won by 1 score (8 points) and the 2nd game you won by less than a FG (2 Points! That’s nothing to be proud of, not metion the fact that the BEARS STILL FINISHED AHEAD OF THE LIONS!

    2 seasons above .500 in 15 years….

  26. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Sep 3, 2014 6:06 PM

    The only NFL minds that believe that are Lion’s fans….Calvin you need to be on the Packers or Bears to have any type of success in the NFCN dude. Everyone knows that…

  27. drs12522 says: Sep 3, 2014 7:08 PM

    Don’t sleep on the Lions. Besides GB (8-7-1), they play just 3 2013 playoff teams. Another site expert said Golden Tate caught 67% of passes thrown his way by Russell Wilson & was targeted over 150 more times than any other SEA WR while in SEA. Ebron has Grahm like qualities. DET was 3rd in NFL in passing without them (280.1). The defense was no. 6 vs the run (99.8) but only had 33 sacks (28th) contributing to a 23rd ranking vs the pass (256.9). The DET D was 15th in points allowed (23.5). Ziggy Ansah and Jason Jones need to provide more pressure from the outside to take advantage of Suh collapsing the pocket. James Ihedigbo joins Rashean Mathis as vet influences, but the youngsters must step up on the back end. They went 10-6 three years back with less talent.

  28. rl79111 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:44 PM

    drs12522 says:
    Sep 3, 2014 7:08 PM
    Don’t sleep on the Lions. Besides GB (8-7-1), they play just 3 2013 playoff teams. Another site expert said Golden Tate caught 67% of passes thrown his way by Russell Wilson & was targeted over 150 more times than any other SEA WR while in SEA. Ebron has Grahm like qualities. DET was 3rd in NFL in passing without them (280.1). The defense was no. 6 vs the run (99.8) but only had 33 sacks (28th) contributing to a 23rd ranking vs the pass (256.9). The DET D was 15th in points allowed (23.5). Ziggy Ansah and Jason Jones need to provide more pressure from the outside to take advantage of Suh collapsing the pocket. James Ihedigbo joins Rashean Mathis as vet influences, but the youngsters must step up on the back end. They went 10-6 three years back with less talent.

    ________________________________________

    Lions have 2 seasons above .500 in 15 years.

    Say again…..

    They Suck dude! L0L!

    Nice pre-season Muscles there, guy!

  29. calvinthegreat81 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:09 PM

    Right on Megatron. He comes another sweep and a SB home to the D!

  30. calvinthegreat81 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:11 PM

    Remember last year how the bears had the leagues worst defense? Has anyone seen who they added to the roster this offseason? Yeah me either… Bring the sweep!

  31. angrylionsfan says: Sep 4, 2014 9:37 AM

    I’ll only believe it when they stop beating themselves with late game collapses, penalties, dropped passes, and turn overs.

    Caldwell has said the right things but the question is if this team will ever DO the right things on the field.

    Other then a still unimproved secondary they have a roster that has every reason to be a play off team. Anything less then that at this point is unacceptable.

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