We’re five weeks into the NFL season and some teams already seem to be looking toward next year. Still, parity in the NFL has resulted in most teams reaching the Super Bowl at least one time. The Jacksonville Jaguars, in existence since 1995, have yet to make it. Nor have the Houston Texans, but they’ve been around for only 10 years.
On the other hand, two
established franchises still have never been to a Super Bowl. The Detroit Lions
formed in 1930 and the Cleveland Browns in 1946. Neither have been to a Super
Bowl. The last NFL championship for the Browns was in 1964, just before the
first Super Bowl. The Lions? A NFL title in in 1957. Since the Super Bowl began?
Merely one appearance in the NFC championship game, in 1991. Whew.
Management of these two clubs need to put some extra effort into making
their teams competitive. Manage your salary cap better, sign some quality free
agents, don’t get cute in the college draft. Some teams may not have won a Super
Bowl yet, but at least they’re contenders during most seasons. It must be tough
to be a fan of a non-competitive team, sticking with them year after year. I
give you all a lot of credit.
So far this season the Lions and Browns have been competitive, so here’s hoping they both find success for the rest of 2013 and are able to make the playoffs. They are certainly capable of putting a winning team on the field come
January. Their fans deserve no less.