Report: Lions Clean House
ESPN reports that the Lions have cleaned house….or at least the front office.
GM Martin Mayhew and President Tom Lewand are out, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
ESPN reports the changes come less than a week after Mayhew said the franchise would be buyers at the trade deadline and then made no moves in either acquiring or trading players. After Sunday’s blowout loss the Kansas City Chiefs in London, the Lions are 1-7.
Lewand worked 20 seasons with the Lions, and became team president 7 years ago.
Mayhew was hired by the Lions after the team fired Matt Millen during the 0-16 season in 2008. After the year. He hired Jim Schwartz, who led the Lions to the playoffs in 2011, but fired him following the 2013 season and replaced him with Jim Caldwell.
Mayhew admitted last Friday that he needed to be better in the draft as well. The Lions have no players left on the roster from the 2010 or 2011 drafts -- including first-round selections Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. The Lions have also been unsuccessful with second-round picks, including receivers Titus Young and Ryan Broyles, running back Mikel Leshoure, safety Louis Delmas and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
The moves come a little over a week after Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi was fired. Coach Jim Caldwell remains….for now.