In the five weeks since the Lions’ already strong defensive line got stronger by drafting Nick Fairley, Detroit fans have called for the line to get a nickname. Now it has one.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz called for nickname suggestions on Twitter, and after getting hundreds, he announced his favorite: “Silver Crush.”
Schwartz said he likes “Silver Crush” because it acknowledges the history and tradition of the Lions’ “Silver Rush” defensive line of the late 1970s and early 1980s, while giving the nickname an update. Schwartz’s other favorite candidates were “The Dis-Assembly Line” and “Non-Stop Motors.”
A rather morbid suggestion came from someone who wanted the line to be called “Ghost & Darkness,” the nicknames given to a pair of man-eating lions responsible for the deaths of a number of construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway in 1898. Other suggestions included Ferocious Four, Heavy Metal Rush, Pain Gang, Detroit Pride, Blue Thunder, Motor City Maulers, Motown Madmen, Motor City Mayhem, Detroit Muscle and Uncaged Rage.
[Editor’s note: I’d prefer the “Honolulu Blue Wrecking Crew.”]