The Lions have lost a franchise icon in four-time first-team All-Pro defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, and now it’s back to the drawing board for team president Tom Lewand and company.

After making so much progress as a defensive unit, becoming the second-ranked unit in total defense, and coming so close to winning only its second playoff game since 1957, Detroit is taking a major step back and now has to live with what could have been if they could’ve ponied up and offered a few more million to retain the services of the franchise’s most impactful player since Barry Sanders.

Be prepared for another playoff winless season in 2015, Lions fans. It’s because the inept front office of the Motor City’s loveable losing pro sports franchise has gotten it wrong again by allowing its star defensive tackle to jettison the cold, snowy weather of Detroit for the much warmer climate found on South Beach.

Now, the only thing that could make matters worse would be to lose the services of 2011 first round draft pick Nick Fairley.

Oh, wait. That might happen, too, due to the fact that he’s an unrestricted free agent just like Suh was.

So much for keeping the Honolulu Blue’s top-ranked run defense intact headed into 2015.

Now, the front office must answer in a big fashion – preferably through the draft instead of overpaying for a replacement out of desperation – and none of that can be trusted upon in the hands of the dysfunctional Lewand and his general manager Martin Mayhew, a former close confidant of the hands down worst president and CEO in franchise history, Matt Millen.

EDITORS NOTE: The Lions have eased the sting of losing Suh a bit, trading for Haloti Ngata.

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