1992 Lions?

That 1991 team we’ve all been hearing about stomped the Cowboys, but then got steamrolled by the Redskins. I fully do not expect this team to fall apart, win or lose Sunday.

But what the heck happened to that '92 team? They fell to 5-11, and perusing wikipedia, looks like they had an intact team from previous year.

Did Kramer get hurt, or just suck? Box scores show he and Peete played a bunch, with a liitle Ware (nightmares).

Wondering if any historians here can enlighten me. I was in college, and kinda a blur :slight_smile:


Two starting OGs were lost. Eric Andolsek was killed while mowing his lawn along the road. That was a huge loss as some said he was on the verge of being Pro Bowl level. Mike Utley was lost toward the end of the 1991 season.

Lions tried to replace Andolsek with 9th Rd pick Shawn Bouwens at LG and Utley with 33 year old journeyman and mostly backup Ken Dallafior at RG. They weren’t even mediocre.

Lions also replaced RT Eric Sanders, who turned 34 with the inexperienced 5th Rd pick Scott Conover.

Behind that OL, Barry had arguably his worst season with 4.3 ypc & only 9 rushing TDs.

Although it was Erik Kramer who led the Lions to the playoff win, Fontes went back to Peete, who wasn’t very good. And, when Fontes tried to go back to Kramer mid-season, he threw too many picks:

Mike Cofer played only 8 games and had only 2 sacks-- a far cry from his 1990 production of 10 sacks.


I graduated in 92.

Good post dude. Pretty much how I see it. That team was built behind a great, and young, offensive line that got completely decimated.


I went to Dale Carnegie training with he and his wife that year. He’s gone on to have quite a career at Blue Cross of Michigan.


This was so brutal. They could not block and the had one guy…Bowens???.. who was a false-start maching and another guy …Dalifore???.. whose knees were so bad he didn’t practice during the week.

Just look at Barry’s ypc that year

edit, I guess you said their names. I guess my stupid memory is just as stupid and useless as it ever was

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Absolutely crazy what could have been with that OLine.

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Shawn Bowens is the worst offensive lineman I think I’ve ever seen in Detroit. He had to lead the league in fumble recoveries that year because he was always chasing his man back to the quarterback and falling on the ball after another strip sack. Half of Ken Dalifor’s uniform weight was made up of ace bandages on his creaky knees. I think he played with ice packs on his body. Not good. I also think Andolsek was closing in on being a pro bowler and Utley was one heckuva player too. Two young upcoming lineman that we lost way too early. Freak accidents. Brutal. We never really recovered. How you could have a player like Barry Sanders and not invest heavily in that offensive line and make it the ultimate priority is beyond mind-boggling.


Look at the 92 draft that was one of the best drafts they had until recent memory!

A little recap at the time…

Wasn’t the Swilling trade that year? They could have had Wille Roaf to replace that RT lol. Imagine Lomas, Willie Roaf, and Kevin Glover on a line blocker for Barry running the run and shoot.

Not bad. Wish we had Jason Hansen now. Big play Willie Clay was also a pretty good player.

Also they had to play a first place schedule and they weeent built for it.

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I mean, can you imagine? And they traded that pick away for Pat “fricken” Swilling. One of the all-time dumbest things the team has ever done. Ten sacks in 2 years for Willie Roaf, a 13 year player, an 11 time AllStar, and a HOFer.

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Said the same thing to myself–many times.

And that trade never happens if the Lions had taken Renaldo Turnbull (who I really wanted), instead of Andre Ware in 1990–ironically, it was Turnbull who made Swilling expendable in N.O.


I feel like we watched that season together @FreebirdPartDeux.
Well stated!

Fontes showed his ass in 1992. He ditched the Run-n-Shoot and bogged down a productive offense that began to click in 91. Started an unnecessary QB carousel and basically lost a lot of the team that season in the process.

Couple that with the bastard son of Russ Thomas, Chuck Schmidt, screwing the pooch by playing hardball in every contract negotiation, the team was in a slow decline through the Ross years until Matt Millen arrived and destroyed what was left.


Can we just enjoy the Brand New Lions?
You guys are going to turn into a pillar of salt, you know.

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Oh God, I totally forgot. That was the season when they had that clipboard guy as the OC, wasn’t it?

I’d like to introduce you to someone…

My brain goes full Freudian repression whenever I see black piping.

Please remind me. Was he that big time signing from Indy? Or one of Mooch’s guys?