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The Top 5 Reasons Why Detroit Lions’ Bobby Layne Curse Is Real

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The Top 5 Reasons Why The Curse of Bobby Layne Is Real

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In 1958, after leading the Lions to three NFL Championships and providing Detroit with nearly a decade of Hall of Fame play, the Lions traded Bobby Layne to the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to legend, as he was leaving for Pittsburgh Bobby said that Detroit "would not win for 50 years". So far, the curse has been true as the Lions still haven't won a championship. Here now are the top five reasons why The Curse of Bobby Layne is real.

5. Poor Head Coaches

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5. Poor Head Coaches

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From 1957 until today, the Lions have only had three head coaches who posted winning records. Actually, only two unless you want to count Gary Moeller's quick seven-game tenure back in 2000. Also during this time, no Lion head coach hired during the cursed era has ever worked again as an NFL head coach.

4. Playoff Futility

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4. Playoff Futility

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Since 1957, the Lions have made the playoffs just 10 times and have won just one postseason game (which came in the 1991-92 postseason). Three of those losses came against the Washington Redskins by a combined score of 99-30. The Lions also lost the lowest scoring postseason game in NFL history after getting shut out by Dallas 5-0 in the 1970 postseason.

3. The Pittsburgh Steelers

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3. The Pittsburgh Steelers

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The team that Layne was traded to, the Pittsburgh Steelers, have gone on to win the most Super Bowls of any team in NFL history with six. Detroit, on the other hand, hasn't even made a single trip to the Super Bowl.

2. The 2008 season

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2. The 2008 Season

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After the 50th year of Layne's curse, the Lions were supposed to be cured. Hopes were even high after a 4-0 preseason, but things changed quickly. On the first defensive snap of the season, Detroit gave up a touchdown to rookie QB Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons, and the season was shot. Detroit finished 0-16, the only team to accomplish that feat in NFL history. 10 of those losses came by double digits.

1. Poor Quarterback Play

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1. Poor Quarterback Play

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The position that has been most affected since Layne's departure has been quarterback. In over 50 years, Detroit has only produced one quarterback (Greg Landry) who made a Pro Bowl (1970). Some of the worst quarterbacks to suit up for the Lions include Chuck Long, Andre Ware and Joey Harrington.