Ninety years old and apparently out of patience in the face of pitiful that has defined the NFL franchise she now owns, Martha Firestone Ford dropped the hammer Thursday on the Detroit Lions.
General manager Martin Mayhew is gone. Team president Tom Lewand is gone. More is expected to come. Scouts. Executives. Whomever. Coach Jim Caldwell is safe for now, although he'll likely be fired at season's end. The Lions are 1-7 and on their bye week.
Martha assumed power when her husband William Clay Ford died last year. She is not interested in being a figurehead. This is an activist move. Moreover, daughter Shelia Ford Hamp is, according to the Detroit Free Press, now assuming a "prominent role" with the team.
Martha Firestone Ford (AP)
"We are very disappointed with the results of the season thus far and believe a change in leadership was needed," Martha Firestone Ford said Thursday.
So a woman's touch is proving to be an iron fist.
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