Lions owner supports coach, GM amid 1-5 start

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Naturally, Detroit Lions proprietor Sheila Ford Hamp admits she’s pissed off with the 1-5 begin to the season, however she nonetheless feels that coach Dan Campbell and common supervisor Brad Holmes are the fitting individuals to guide the rebuild.

Ford Hamp fielded questions from reporters for 4 minutes throughout Wednesday’s apply the place she was requested if their jobs may doubtlessly be in jeopardy regardless of the tip results of the season.

“I imagine within the management,” Ford Hamp stated.

Ford Hamp took over principal possession of the Lions in 2020 after serving as one of many staff’s vice chairs from 2014 to ’19 to succeed her mom, Martha Firestone Ford, who stepped down.

The Lions are coming off 24-6 loss at Dallas on Sunday — their fourth defeat in a row.

They’re 4-18-1 to this point by the second season of management with Campbell and Holmes, however she feels they’re making progress.

“It is simply this was an enormous teardown after which turnaround, and we actually — we’re solely a 3rd of the best way by the season,” Ford Hamp stated. “We have 11 extra video games to go, so I simply do not need to spoil it, push the panic button and quit the ship as a result of I feel we have got the fitting individuals in place to tug this off, and I actually imagine that. And I would not say that if I did not imagine it.”

Ford Hamp referred to as this rebuild a tricky course of and stated it is exhausting to remain disciplined as a result of “nobody hates shedding greater than I do, greater than my household does, however we have got to form of intestine by it.”

The Lions at the moment possess the longest present drought between postseason victories within the NFL, with their final playoff victory coming three many years in the past on Jan. 5, 1992. They have not received greater than six video games or completed with a .500 file since 2017.

“Everybody’s pissed off. I am pissed off, however once more, I actually imagine in what we have got and what we will be,” Ford Hamp stated. “It simply takes time.”

Coming into the bye in Week 6, Campbell stated he held a dialog with Ford Hamp the place they went by an intensive, deep dive of the roster — each good and dangerous — to have a transparent understanding of the staff’s course. As an ex-Lions participant who skilled the dreadful 0-16 season in 2008, Campbell can relate to the long-suffering possession and fan base who’re ravenous for achievement and is making an attempt to alter the “Similar Previous Lions” narrative regardless of yet one more tough begin.

“Yeah, I informed her all the pieces that I noticed, issues that we wanted to be higher at, offensively, defensively, particular groups, myself, and shifting ahead, apply,” Campbell stated. “So, actually, all the pieces. Every little thing that I had checked out our staff and felt like we wanted to be higher at. I shared all of these ideas together with her and the place we had been going shifting ahead and that was it, so she’s been knowledgeable.”

Turnovers and key errors, such because the 5 turnovers within the second half of Detroit’s most up-to-date loss to Dallas, have been expensive this season. Nonetheless, Ford Hamp acknowledged the younger gamers on the roster and the way they’re experiencing rising pains. That is one of many many causes that she stated she has endurance with the present management.

“What I actually believe in is the method we went by within the first place after we employed Brad and Dan,” Ford Hamp stated. “It was extraordinarily thorough, and we actually imagine we have give you the fitting individuals, so I am unable to touch upon different groups’ rosters or what they’d within the first place. All I do know is what we had and the place we’re going.”