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Lions fire GM Mayhew, president Lewand; not giving up on season

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions are cleaning house.

The 1-7 Lions have fired general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand.  Jim Caldwell has been told he will remain as the team’s head coach.

 Last week, the team fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and replaced him with Jim Bob Cooter. The Lions still lost, 45-10.

Team owner Martha Firestone Ford held a press conference Thursday afternoon announcing the changes.  She said that they have been disappointed in the team’s performance this season, but they are also not giving up.  She said that they will be starting a national search for replacements for Mayhew and Lewand and that the Lions fans “deserve a winner.”

Martha Firestone Ford

Martha Firestone Ford

Mayhew has been with the Lions since 2001, according to FOX 2 Detroit. He was promoted to General Manager when former GM Matt Millen was fired in 2008. Mayhew is responsible for selecting Matthew Stafford as the number 1 overall pick in 2009 as well as TE Brandon Pettigrew in 2014. Lewand was named team president the same day and oversaw the team’s day-to-day operations.

Sheldon White will be the acting General Manager and Allison Maki will be the interim COO.  Both will report directly to Martha Ford.

We’ll have more on FOX 17 News starting at 4:00pm.


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  • Shane

    If she really thought the Lions deserve a winner, she’d sell the team.
    Mayhew wasn’t the problem any more than Caldwell, or Stafford, or anyone else associated with the team for the last 65 years (except Millen, he was actually part of the problem). The problem is that a Ford owns the team. The single common denominator. The only thing that hasn’t changed in the last 65 years of failure.

  • Commonsense

    Yawnnnnn. Stick the fork in the Thanksgiving
    Turkey. The lions are done for another season. The only real reason to watch is for your true favorite teams to beat up on them every weekend. Go Packers, I’m going to cheer them on like everyone does in the UP. Won’t see a lion championship as long as the Ford family controls ownership, and that isn’t going to change.

    • Dave Whitlock

      The only real reason to watch is the same as it is for every other NFL team…to see how your fantasy team does.
      If it wasn’t for fantasy leagues this game would be done already. It is boring and tedious to watch. The over-regulation has homogenized it to the point where teams are indistunguishable from eachother, no individual is allowed to excel too much, and only certain teams are allowed to go to the Superbowl. Why would I watch something like that? That isn’t sports, that is merely a dramatic athletic performance.

  • Al Childress

    “Not giving up on the season”???
    Apparently Martha can’t do simple math.
    The season is already mathematically over for Detroit! Even if they miraculously manage to win every game from here on out, that would put them at 8-7. That is not going to be enough to even get a wildcard spot in the NFC this year.
    Realistically, they MIGHT win one more game this year.
    She may not have given up on the season, but Lions fans have given up on her, and her family, as team owners.
    And you don’t have to be able to do math to understand what that means, Martha.
    It isn’t the team we have lost faith in. It isn’t the management or the coaching or the players.
    It is you and that ridiculous circus of a family you head up.

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