The one-win Detroit Lions, looking nothing like the team that reached the playoffs last season, fired team President Tom Lewand and General Manager Martin Mayhew on Thursday and promised to bring in new leadership to put a consistent winner on the field.
We are very disappointed with the results of the season so far and believe a change in leadership was necessary," said owner Martha Firestone Ford, reading from a prepared statement.
The Lions are an NFC-worst 1-7 under second-year coach Jim Caldwell, whose staff was not affected by the changes a week after he replaced some assistants, including offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.
Sheldon White, the Lions' vice president of pro personnel and a 19-year veteran of the organization, will be the team's acting general manager. Allison Maki, chief financial officer, will oversee business operations for the team.
"We are beginning a national search for the best leadership to manage our team going forward," Ford said, "… to produce a consistently, winning football team."
Ford's late husband, William Clay Ford, was often criticized for being too patient and loyal with the people in charge of running his front office and team.
Lewand was in his sixth season as president. Mayhew became the team's general manager early in the 2008 season when the team fired Matt Millen.
Detroit has just one playoff victory since winning the 1957 NFL title and that came in 1991.
"Our fans deserve a winning football team and we will do everything possible to make it a reality," Ford said. "I also want to make it clear that we have no intention of giving up on this season. We expect our team to compete, improve and win."
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