The Detroit Lions beat the Green Bay Packers, 18-16, at Lambeau Field this past Sunday. It was their first win at Lambeau since 1991.
Herman Moore, who would become a four-time Pro Bowler and shatter several Lions receiving records, was a rookie on that ’91 Detroit team. He was asked when, if ever, the 2-7 Lions will get things figured out.
“Well, they have to figure it out soon,” Moore said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “It’s been unfortunate that there are so many talented players, so many talented teams, that have come through the organization and we really only have one playoff win to show for it. In the ’90s, we really had a great run – six out of the 10 years we’re in the playoffs – but we couldn’t get that elusive playoff victory in the postseason to continue moving forward towards the Super Bowl. That’s always tough when you don’t have an organization that has a winning tradition or has the championships like you see with a lot of these other huge and phenomenal teams. Every year, (the question) becomes, When? And I think that’s a great question to pose.
“But if you look at some of the changes that have been made . . . with Mrs. Ford taking over the team and really taking the reins and making some significant changes right out of the chute – and then Coach Caldwell firing some of his offensive staff to get this thing turned around – (maybe things are going in the right direction). This team, who couldn’t win football games, goes and beats the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau. So if that’s going to change the culture around here, it’s got to happen now. We say that every year – you know how that goes – but I think they have some missing pieces that need to be picked up.”
Moore, 46, lives in Detroit and has followed the franchise’s every move since retiring in 2002. In recent years, he thought the Lions were on the right track. They brought in Matthews Stafford, they brought in Calvin Johnson, they brought in Ndamukong Suh, and last year they had one of the best defenses in the NFL, finished 11-5 and made the postseason.
“You think they’re making finally those strides and then you get this season,” Moore said. “I don’t know what’s causing that. It’s not that the Fords are not trying. I’ve been around this organization long enough. Believe me, I would definitely say they are not (trying if I thought that was the case). But right now, they are making the commitment. Sometimes it just seems the commitments that they make . . . don’t pan out. It’s unfortunate.”