Detroit Lions History

The Detroit Lions are in their ninety-second season, playing their home games at Ford Field, in Detroit, Michigan since 2002. The Lions are led by head coach Dan Campbell since 2021.

During their existence, they have had two people win Coach of the Year: Wayne Fontes, (1991); George Wilson, (1957).

During their careers, multiple players have won awards for the team: Greg Landry won the Comeback Player of the Year in 1976; Barry Sanders won the Most Valuable Player in 1997, the AP Offensive Player of the Year in 1994 and 1997, and the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1989; Matthew Stafford won the Comeback Player of the Year in 2011; Ndamukong Suh won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010; Al Baker won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1978; Lem Barney won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1967; Billy Sims won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1980; Earl McCullouch won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1968; Mel Farr won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1967.

The Lions have won four championships in their history, most recently in 1957.

Detroit Lions Head Coaching History

Head Coach Years Record Win percentage Playoff record
Dan Campbell 2021 0-0-0 0% 0-0
Matt Patricia 2018-2020 13-29-1 31.4% 0-0
Darrell Bevell 2020 1-4-0 20.0% 0-0
Jim Caldwell 2014-2017 36-28-0 56.3% 0-2
Jim Schwartz 2009-2013 29-51-0 36.3% 0-1
Rod Marinelli 2006-2008 10-38-0 20.8% 0-0
Dick Jauron 2005 5-11-0 31.3% 0-0
Steve Mariucci 2003-2005 16-32-0 33.3% 0-0
Marty Mornhinweg 2001-2002 5-27-0 15.6% 0-0
Gary Moeller 2000 9-7-0 56.3% 0-0
Bobby Ross 1997-2000 31-33-0 48.4% 0-2
Wayne Fontes 1989-1996 64-64-0 50.0% 1-3
Darryl Rogers 1985-1988 20-43-0 31.7% 0-0
Monte Clark 1978-1984 43-61-1 41.4% 0-2
Tommy Hudspeth 1976-1977 12-16-0 42.9% 0-0
Rick Forzano 1974-1976 20-22-0 47.6% 0-0
Don McCafferty 1973 6-7-1 46.4% 0-0
Joe Schmidt 1967-1972 43-34-7 55.4% 0-1
Harry Gilmer 1965-1966 10-16-2 39.3% 0-0
George Wilson 1957-1964 53-45-6 53.8% 2-0
Buddy Parker 1950-1956 53-29-2 64.3% 3-1
Bo McMillin 1948-1950 12-24-0 33.3% 0-0
Gus Dorais 1943-1947 20-31-2 39.6% 0-0
Bill Edwards 1941-1942 4-17-1 20.5% 0-0
Bull Karcis 1942 0-11-0 0.0% 0-0
Potsy Clark 1931-1936, 1940 53-24-7 67.3% 1-0
Gus Henderson 1939 6-5-0 54.5% 0-0
Dutch Clark 1937-1938 14-8-0 63.6% 0-0
Hal Griffen 1930 5-6-3 46.4% 0-0

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