When the Detroit Lions made history by becoming the first team in NFL history to finish a season 0-16 in 2008, Dan Orlovsky was one of the poster boys for the infamously inept franchise. It wasn’t Orlovsky’s fault that the Lions really, really sucked, but he and his 72.6 passer rating played a role, and he was the man who was forced to start at quarterback for the final three games of that unbelievably bad season.

Many in Detroit will remember the final play the Lions ran that season, which was an Orlovsky interception in the dying minutes of a still-winnable game in Green Bay.

Plus, there was this…

Anywho, it’s becoming increasingly likely that the 2011 Indianapolis Colts will match Detroit’s 2008 win total, which would at least soften the blow suffered by the members of that terrible Lions team. And now it appears as though Orlovsky will have a big say in whether the Colts join the Lions in the Hall of Shame.

On the same day that the team announced the firing of defensive coordinator Larry Coyer, the Colts named Orlovsky their starting quarterback going forward, replacing Curtis Painter. He’ll begin his run as the starter in Indy as a 21-point underdog against New England, followed by a trip to Baltimore.

Actually, the Colts don’t face an opponent with a losing record until Week 17, when they travel to Jacksonville to face the other story of the day. That’ll probably be Orlovsky’s best chance to avoid being the starting quarterback for the only two teams ever to go 0-16.