Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety James Ihedigbo (32) reacts during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

James Ihedigbo: Lions have championship DNA

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The Detroit Lions have some of the best talent in the NFL on their roster. They have a franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford, the league’s best receiver in Calvin Johnson and a dominant defensive line.

That hasn’t translated into playoff trips, let alone playoff wins. They last made the playoffs in 2011 and were dismissed after just one game. New Lions safety James Ihedigbo thinks things are different now, and that this team has the makings of a champion.

“It’s one of those things, you can feel it,” Ihedigbo said, according to “With this team, I can feel the makings of a championship-DNA team. Are we willing to sacrifice? That’s the question, and I know we are. There are guys in this locker room that are willing to pay the price, whatever it is, to put the work in to be a champion. Yeah, we definitely have that championship DNA.”

Ihedigbo added: “It’s one of those things you can’t really explain it, you can’t really talk about it because people just won’t understand it. You just have to watch and see, and when it unfolds, it’s going to be a special season.”

It certainly is a new era in Detroit, with a new coaching staff a new receiver in Golden Tate and drafting Eric Ebron at tight end in the first-round.

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