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1996 Detroit Lions season

The 1996 Detroit Lions season was their 67th in the National Football League (NFL). The team declined severely from their previous season's output of 10–6. Following a 4-2 start, the Lions would proceed to lose nine of their final ten games to finish 5-11, missing the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.[1]

1996 Detroit Lions season
Head coachWayne Fontes
General managerChuck Schmidt
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Home fieldPontiac Silverdome
Results
Record5–11
Division place5th NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Uniform
NFC-Throwback2-Uniform-DET.PNG

Following the season, longtime head coach Wayne Fontes was fired and Bobby Ross was hired to be the team's head coach the following season.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1996 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 17 Reggie Brown  Linebacker Texas A&M
1 23 Jeff Hartings *  Center Penn State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1996 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Jim Eddy
  • Linebackers – Howard Tippett
  • Defensive Backs – John Fontes
  • Defensive Assistant/LBs and DBs – Don Clemons

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning/Special Teams Assistant – Bert Hill

RosterEdit

1996 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

1996 was the first time since 1984 that the Lions played the San Diego Chargers,[2] and the first time they had met the Philadelphia Eagles in the regular season since 1986.[3] The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.[4]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 at Minnesota Vikings L 17–13
52,972
2 September 8, 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21–6
54,229
3 September 15, 1996 at Philadelphia Eagles L 24–17
66,007
4 September 22, 1996 Chicago Bears W 35–16
70,022
5 September 29, 1996 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–0
34,961
6 October 6, 1996 Atlanta Falcons W 28–24
58,666
7 October 13, 1996 at Oakland Raiders L 37–21
50,037
8 Bye
9 October 27, 1996 New York Giants L 35–7
63,501
10 November 3, 1996 at Green Bay Packers L 28–18
60,695
11 November 11, 1996 at San Diego Chargers L 27–21
60,425
12 November 17, 1996 Seattle Seahawks W 17–16
51,194
13 November 24, 1996 at Chicago Bears L 31–14
55,864
14 November 28, 1996 Kansas City Chiefs L 28–24
75,079
15 December 8, 1996 Minnesota Vikings L 24–22
46,043
16 December 15, 1996 Green Bay Packers L 31–3
73,214
17 December 23, 1996 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–14
61,921

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) Green Bay Packers 13 3 0 .813 456 210 W5
(6) Minnesota Vikings 9 7 0 .563 298 315 L1
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 283 305 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 221 293 W1
Detroit Lions 5 11 0 .313 302 368 L5

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