In the two years he coached Barry Sanders, Bobby Ross was criticized for not giving his marquee back the ball more often when the Lions were near the opponent's goal line. But for all his greatness, Sanders wasn't noted for his running ability in short-yardage situations. In fact, on rushing plays from the five-yard line and in over the past six seasons, the Lions scored at a far higher rate when Ross and predecessor Wayne Fontes put the ball in the hands of someone other than Sanders.
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