On Nov. 5, Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford fired team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew following a 1-7 start. The Lions have responded by winning three straight games – it would have been four straight if not for Aaron Rodgers’ miraculous Hail Mary – to improve to 4-8.
Ford’s message in firing Lewand and Mayhew was clear: the Lions are committed to winning, and losing is not okay. Still, Detroit has made the playoffs just twice this century and hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991.
Will the Lions ultimately get back to their winning ways?
“I believe this organization definitely can get back to (its) winning ways,” former Lions receiver Herman Moore said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “All organizations, when they go through transition, there’s a period of time where you’re trying to get all the pieces in the right places, and you’re also trying to make a decision on whether or not the right personnel – to the coaches to the players – are all the right fit for what your goals are going forward. Mrs. Ford has done a really good job of coming in and making sure that everyone understands her stance and that her family is still very much committed and the Fords are very much committed to doing whatever is needed to help provide a winning product on the field and give the fans what they pay for. So the commitment is going to be there.”
The Lions play three of their last four games on the road, with the lone remaining home game coming Dec. 27 against San Francisco. While the playoffs are out of the question for Detroit, the last four games will be crucial for Ford and fellow Lions executives to evaluate head coach Jim Caldwell, quarterback Matthew Stafford and others.
“The challenges will be waiting to get through the rest of the season with the remaining four games,” Moore said. “How does this coaching staff handle that? And will this team perform to where . . . a big change (isn’t necessary in the offseason)? So there’s a lot left to be earned and lost in the last four games, and that’ll determine 2016 going forward.”
The Lions play the Rams (4-8) in St. Louis this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.