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William Clay Ford Is The Detroit Lion’s Problem?

Posted in Detroit Lions with tags , , on January 7, 2010 by bigoranged

I’ve heard the argument for a while now that the biggest problem with the Detroit Lions is William Clay Ford.  Is this true?

As a fan I’ve seen this team flounder for years.  But is that because of William Clay Ford?  I would say yes and no.

Let’s start with the no reason first.  Ford isn’t stingy with money at all.  He signed Stafford for $41 million, all the way up to $71 million.  He’s allowed his staff to go out and blow huge chunks of change on players.  So there is no provable fear of spending money on Ford’s part.  Anyone who says this just isn’t paying attention to the organization.

To me the biggest ‘yes reason’ centers on Ford’s love of Matt Millen for so long.  Matt Millen is really what caused this team to have a losing record for nearly ten years now.  Ford hung on to this man despite his clear ability to fail under every circumstance.

Also, keep in mind, it’s not uncommon for an organization to go ten or more years without a winning season.  So putting things in perspective here, this decade long dry spell isn’t something uncommon to the NFL. I’ll grant you that not winning a Super Bowl for so long is not good, but the long dry spell of a non-winning seasons is quite common.

So yeah, hanging on to Millen for so long was not one of Ford’s high points as an owner.  On the other hand, this guy isn’t afraid to spend money to get players. He’ll put his money forward to improve this team.

I say cut the guy a break for a decade of his mistake for loving Millen.  In the big picture he has done tons financially to try and better this team.  And this decade long dry streak of no winning seasons isn’t something unique to only his organization.

This team is hopefully on the right track now that he’s seen the light and fired Millen. Let’s suspend final decisions on Ford for a few more years.


Lions Win – The Job Isn’t Over, It’s Only Just Beginning

Posted in Detroit Lions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by bigoranged

Yes the Detroit Lions won.  The sense about Detroit seems to be that we finally ‘accomplished’ that win.  Yes we did get a win, but that’s not ‘the’ accomplishment.  The job isn’t over here folks.

This team needs to view this as the beginning of a long task, not the end of a long task.  Now is not the time to relax because they finally accomplished that one thing, ‘a win’.

In the past this team would shrink back and almost relax after they won a game or broke a streak of futility.  In the past this team acted like ending the streak of futility was the main task to be completed.  They acted like ONE win ended it and they would go back to business as usual.

These Detroit Lions can not go back to business as usual after this win.  They haven’t finished the race, the race has only begun.

Our team can’t celebrate as if they’ve won the Super Bowl or broken through and that the futility is ended.  When one win is celebrated with so much importance as this win could be celebrated, a mentality of let’s relax and enjoy it could set in. If this happens, we’ll just be right back to having another long losing streak.

We can’t go one step forward only to take ten steps backwards.  Forward is the only direction to go.  You can’t move forward if one win is given too much importance.

Time to put it in perspective as we keep the obstacles and goals ahead in our perspective too.

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