According to an ESPN report, massive change is underway in Allen Park, MI.
Following a 1-7 start after a season that was forecasted to be much more promising, Detroit Lions' ownership -- headed by Martha Ford -- have dispatched general manager Martin Mayhew and vice president Tom Lewand. It wasn't clear if additional change was going to be made, though it seems possible there could be a coaching change-up as well.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Martha and the late William Clay Ford Sr.'s daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp, would take a "more prominent role" in day-to-day activities.
Mayhew took over for the embattled embattled Matt Millen amid Detroit's historic 0-16 season in 2008, but the results haven't been much better. The team has yet to win a post-sason game since 1991, and though they appeared to assemble talent entering the 2015 campaign -- and on the heels of a strong, albeit losing performance in last season's wild card game, the year has been an unmitigated disaster.
Lewand had been with the team for almost two full decades.
Excluding 2008, Mayhew guided the Lions to a 41-63 overall record. Beyond the inability to win consistently, he has been plagued by poor drafts and a burgeoning payroll that failed to yield any onfield success.
Mayhew happened to be the first hire of former general manager Matt Millen, and the only remaining contingent from the Millen-era.