BBAO: Calvin Johnson deserves better

We're Black and Blue All Over:

There has been much written and said about the relatively poor teams that Detroit Lions Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders played for. What today's fans might not realize, as Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com points out, is that Sanders nevertheless had six playoff appearances in his 10-year career.

Compare that to current Lions superstar Calvin Johnson, who has had only one winning season in six years. As bad as Sanders might have had it, Johnson has had it worse so far.

Richardson: "Johnson deserves better than this. He has been the face of a woeful franchise since entering the NFL, yet, does not complain. Johnson could demand a trade, call out the front office, criticize his coaches, and it would be hard to question his frustrations."

Consider it one of many incentives for the Lions to reverse their backstep from last season.

Continuing around the NFC North: