Rumor Mill: Levy, Johnson Get Lions Interest?

Rumors of Marv Levy, Jimmy Johnson being contacted are interesting if unsubstantiated.

DETROIT - Is the Ford Family responding to calls for Matt Millen's ouster? That question was raised several times during the Lions 41-17 thumping at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Several intriguing rumors have the Lions making a pass at two legendary coaches to act as consultant. ESPN's web site states that the Lions will be adding current FOX Sports studio analyst Jimmy Johnson to serve as a consultant. Millen denied knowing anything about the report when asked about it at halftime of Sunday's loss saying "that's the first I've heard of it."

According to that report, Millen would be fired if Johnson came aboard.

A separate report issuing out of the Buffalo has the Lions contacting former Bills head coach Marv Levy, who guided the potent K-Gun offense headed by Jim Kelly and Thurmond Thomas to five Super Bowl appearances coming aboard the franchise in an unnamed capacity.

The report, apparently originating in some form from Buffalo radio station WGR-550 AM said that Levy had been contacted by two NFL franchises to gauge his interest in getting back into the game, one of which was the Detroit Lions.

Who is doing the contacting? Who is making the calls if either of the reports are true? Is someone acting on behalf of the family to find someone who could possibly right the ship?

Stay tuned.


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