Lions coach Rod Marinelli didn’t talk about the possibility of going 0-16 with his players until they lost their first 12 games.
When that happened, he told them to think about the team picture.
“He said, ‘This could be the picture they send to the Hall of Fame for the first team that went 0-16,’ “ defensive tackle Shaun Cody recalled. “It threw me back.”
Marinelli went back to the topic earlier this week, hoping to motivate his beleaguered team after it followed up two closely contested games with a 35-point loss at home to New Orleans.
“He said, ‘You don’t remember who won the Super Bowl 15 years ago because there’s a Super Bowl winner every year. You’d remember who went 0-16 because there can be only one team that does that,’ “ Cody recalled. “Hopefully, we can take advantage of our last chance.”
2008 team photos of the Lions were originally selling for $20 and are now available on e-Bay for $4.99 or best offer. Just in case anyone wants a souvenir.