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1990 Detroit Lions season

The 1990 Detroit Lions season was the 61st season in franchise history and their 57th in Detroit. Despite a stellar season from Barry Sanders who scored 16 touchdowns and led the league in rushing, the Lions took a step backward and finished in third place with a disappointing, seventh-consecutive losing record of 6–10, as they struggled to find a consistent quarterback.

1990 Detroit Lions season
Head coachWayne Fontes
General managerChuck Schmidt
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Home fieldPontiac Silverdome
Results
Record6–10
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Barry Sanders
T Lomas Brown
DT Jerry Ball
LB Chris Spielman
PR Mel Gray

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1990 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Andre Ware  Quarterback Houston
2 35 Dan Owens  Defensive end USC
3 62 Marc Spindler  Defensive end Pittsburgh
      Made roster  

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1990 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Wayne Fontes
  • Off./Def. Administrative Assistant to the Head Coach – Dave Levy

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers – Woody Widenhofer
  • Defensive Line – Lamar Leachman
  • Inside Linebackers – Herb Paterra
  • Defensive Backs – Len Fontes
  • Defensive Assistant – Don Clemons

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Bert Hill

RosterEdit

1990 Detroit Lions final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends


Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 9, 1990 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 38–21
56,692
2 September 16, 1990 Atlanta Falcons W 21–14
48,961
3 September 23, 1990 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23–20
55,075
4 September 30, 1990 Green Bay Packers L 24–21
64,509
5 October 7, 1990 at Minnesota Vikings W 34–27
57,586
6 October 14, 1990 at Kansas City Chiefs L 43–24
74,312
7 Bye
8 October 28, 1990 at New Orleans Saints W 27–10
64,368
9 November 4, 1990 Washington Redskins L 41–38 OT
69,326
10 November 11, 1990 Minnesota Vikings L 17–7
68,264
11 November 18, 1990 at New York Giants L 20–0
76,109
12 November 22, 1990 Denver Broncos W 40–27
73,896
13 December 2, 1990 at Chicago Bears L 23–17 OT
62,313
14 December 10, 1990 Los Angeles Raiders L 38–31
72,190
15 December 16, 1990 Chicago Bears W 38–21
67,759
16 December 22, 1990 at Green Bay Packers W 24–17
46,700
17 December 30, 1990 at Seattle Seahawks L 30–10
50,681

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Chicago Bears 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 348 280 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 5–3 6–8 264 367 L2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 3–5 5–7 373 413 L1
Green Bay Packers 6 10 0 .375 3–5 5–7 271 347 L5
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 3–5 4–8 351 326 L4

Player statsEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Barry Sanders 255 1304 5.1 45 13

ReceivingEdit

Player Receptions Yards Average Long Touchdowns
Barry Sanders 36 480 13.3 47 3

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Barry Sanders, First-Team All-Pro selection

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1990 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.

External linksEdit