Martha Ford has issued an open letter to Detroit Lions fans about the retention of the front office. We’ll discuss the divisions and reactions of fans.
The big news of the week should shock no one. The Detroit Lions owner, Martha Firestone Ford, has issued a statement that the current regime of President Rod Wood, vice president-general manager Bob Quinn, and head coach Matt Patricia will all remain in control for the 2020 season.
Today we’re analyzing what the Ford family had to say, fan reactions, and discussing the trust level you have in Ford. How are you feeling about staying the course, Lions fan?
Kick In The Crotch Weekly would like to begin this exercise by saying that this isn’t an assault on the Ford family or even blaming Mrs. Ford and her owner role. Games are won or lost on the field. What she can do is set a big agenda and hold people accountable.
In an open letter to Detroit Lions fans and season ticket holders, Mrs. Ford pivoted away from the championship rhetoric of her 2015 letter. Instead, the new bar is set at being a playoff contender and playing meaningful games in December. You can view the letter in its entirety on the Detroit Lions website, here.
While she did only commit to year three of Head Coach Matt Patricia’s retool of the team, it muddied the water of expectations for fans who have seen their team go from nine wins to three in two years.
The centerpiece of her statement was in regard to what winning teams do or have long-term plans, stability, and exhibit patience to follow their plan. Ford also couched statements about winning without excuses like injuries by saying that injuries were a mitigating factor in judging the 2019 season. Essentially, she said that they were close to winning many games but that they are building a deep roster full of high-character, physically and mentally tough players who will eventually make us proud.
It is important to recognize the attached side hustle, that prices for season tickets are frozen and in some areas, they will go down for the 2020 season.
Fans would rather that she say the Super Bowl is the goal and that significant progress must be made to that end or new leadership will be found. The expectation seems to have dropped for no reason except for the fact that these are her hiring choices.
Detroit Lions social media is firmly divided between trust-the-process fans and we-have-seen-enough fans. There are even sell-the-team extremists out there. Watch out!