Schwartz solicits nickname suggestions from fans

Lions coach Jim Schwartz is fast becoming one of the NFL’s more influential tweeters. His latest initiative is a perfect example.

Schwartz, tweeting as @jschwartzlions, asked Lions fans to come up with a nickname for the team’s ballyhooed defensive line, offering a signed football to the winner. The Lions’ front four was impressive enough last season with Ndamukong Suh receiving Defensive Rookie of the Year honors playing alongside Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril and Corey Williams. Now, with the addition of 2011 first-round draft pick Nick Fairley, there are even higher expectations.

Schwartz announced the winner of the contest Wednesday afternoon:

“My favorite (and winner of the football) goes to: ‘Silver Crush,’ ” Schwartz tweeted. “Acknowledges tradition/history of ‘Silver Rush’ with slight update.

“I think it fits but time will tell if it ‘sticks,’” he continued. “…don’t want to force it.”

Schwartz said about 100 people sent in the “Silver Crush” moniker, so he would choose a contest winner at random. Even more interesting were the other proposals that Schwartz tweeted.

“Close 2nd: ‘The Dis-Assembly Line,’ ” he wrote, noting the association with Detroit’s automotive history. He also liked “Non-Stop Motors.”

Other ideas Schwartz called out:

Ghost & Darkness (the names given to the two man-eating lions that terrorized Kenya at the turn of the century)
Detroit Pride
Blue Thunder
Motor City Maulers
Motown Madmen
Motor City Mayhem
Detroit Muscle
Uncaged Rage
Ferocious Four
Heavy Metal Rush
Pain Gang

Whether or not “Silver Crush” sticks, of course, is entirely up to how the front four performs on the field. But if it sticks, Schwartz might be up for some Twitter awards come season’s end.

In the meantime, feel free to chime in below if you have any other ideas for the Lions’ front four. We’ll pass them on to Coach Schwartz.

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