The Detroit Lions finished 0-16 in 2008.
Could they reverse that record in 2011?
During a visit to the NFL Network studio this week, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was asked if the "sky is the limit for the Lions." His response:
"No question. I don't see there [being] a reason why we can't be 16-0, as long as we put in that hard work ... throughout camp and so forth, getting ready for that 2011 season. As long as we stay healthy and are putting in that hard work, I think we should be happy where we end up."
As we discussed earlier this offseason, Suh's quiet confidence has become the national face of the Lions franchise. In an excellent mix of zoological metaphors in January, he referred to the Lions as a "tiger that is definitely going to have to be reckoned with in 2011."
If you're a Lions fan, you don't want Suh expressing anything other than optimism about the near future. But as you can see for yourself, he wasn't asked to predict the Lions' record next season. That was all him.
You might recall former Lions quarterback Jon Kitna making some unlikely predictions a few years ago. I'm not sure that Suh's is any more likely, but I think we can all agree on the original premise: The sky is the limit.