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Lions: Summon Lombardi, steal a Pats coach, and you'll win in 2009

Seth Wickersham suggests that, among other things, the Lions hire a man named Lombardi to build a 2009 winner. Winning might be easier than you think.

Originally Published: December 18, 2008
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

Editor's note: What might Detroit's football fortunes be like a year from now? Seth Wickersham shares his vision.

DETROIT, Dec. 20, 2009 -- After watching Ford Field erupt in celebration, the 65,000 fans cry in joy, the players cry in joy, the new general manager and new coach and old owner cry in joy. The 2009 Detroit Lions, 0-16 a season ago, clinch the NFC North with two weeks to go in the season. It all seems so simple. So smart. So un-Lionlike.

"We just did what the '08 Dolphins ...

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