The Detroit Lions have made a major change to their organization after a 1-7 start. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, they have fired general manager Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand.
50-year-old Martin Mayhew joined the Detroit Lions front office in 2001 and was promoted to general manager in 2008. Lewand was hired by the Lions as their team president on Dec. 29, 2008, and worked 20 seasons with the Lions, including six as the team’s president.
Both Lewand and Mayhew put together the Detroit Lion’s current roster.
MAJOR changes in Detroit: Lions have fired GM Martin Mayhew and president Tom Lewand, league sources told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2015
On Thursday during a press conference Martha Ford expressed disappointment in the Detroit Lions’ start this season.
“We are very disappointed with the results of the season so far,” Ford said during a 1 minute, 53 second statement Thursday. “And believe a change in leadership was necessary.”
Ford said she informed Lions head coach Jim Caldwell there would be no changes to the coaching staff. Sheldon White, the team’s vice president, will be the acting interim general manager, while CFO Allison Maki will be the acting COO. Both will report to Ford.