Lions owner Martha Ford’s statement on firings

The Detroit Lions are on a bye week after their dreadful 1-7 start…..thank the Lord. Or should we say, Ford? However, that did not stop the ownership from assessing where they stand as a franchise.

On Thursday, the organization made some bold and rather surprising moves, announcing that team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew have both been relieved of their duties.

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Lions owner Martha Ford spoke in a very brief press conference on Thursday at the team’s headquarters in Allen Park:

“I’m glad to be here to give you a statement about the leadership changes our family has made today at the Lions. Earlier today, we informed Tom Lewand and Martin Mayhew that they would be relieved of their responsibilities with the team. We thanked them both for their many years of service to the team and our family. We are very disappointed with the results of this season so far and believe that change in leadership was necessary. On win interim basis, Sheldon White will be acting as general manager and will report directly to me. On the business side, Allison Maki will be the interim C.O.O. ad will also report to me. I have informed coach Caldwell of our decisions. No changes have been made to our coaching star. As of today, we are beginning a national search for the best leadership to manage our team going forward. I want to assure our fans that we intend to identify and hire the very best leadership i order to product a consistently winning football team. Our fans deserve everything possible to make it a reality. I also want to make clear that we have no intention of giving up on the season. We expect our team to compete, improve, and win. Thank you for your time today.”


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The drastic moves in the front office come a little over a week after the team relieved three coaches of their duties, which included former offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. This may be a sign of continued overhaul changes coming.



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