When Sheila Ford Hamp took over as owner of the Detroit Lions, she vowed things would be different. That she was committed to putting a winner on the field. Lions fans have heard this song and dance before. Then suddenly fans were silenced as Ford Hamp began to show by example. The outcome has Detroit Lions fans excited for the first time in a very long time.
Since naming Brad Holmes General Manager and Dan Campbell head coach, that proved to be the starting point for a total Lions front office and coaching overhaul. Dan Campbell named Aaron Glenn defensive coordinator. Glenn had been the secondary coach of the New Orleans Saints and his hire was praised around the league.
Next Campbell hired former Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn as offensive coordinator. So it seems Campbell is surrounding himself with very good coach’s who have experience and can help him as a first time head coach.
In what be the best moves the Detroit Lions have made in recent memory, Los Angeles Rams director of player personnel Ray Agnew has been brought in as assistant general manager. Agnew and Holmes worked together while with the Rams and ran the entire scouting department.
Although the official statement is due by mid-week this week, the Detroit Lions are bringing in a heavyweight. John Dorsey is expected to be named Senior Personnel Executive.
The Kansas City Chiefs were first to hire John Dorsey as their general manager, where he stayed for four years, and put together a Super Bowl winning roster, then Dorsey moved on to the Cleveland Browns, who made him their GM for two years.
Dorsey is credited with identifying and drafting talented players who were overlooked by other organizations. With the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford agreeing to part ways the Lions will need to draft a quarterback and will lean heavily into Dorsey’s draft hit history rate to identify the right player.
Wow! The Detroit Lions are actually starting to assemble very solid and proven personnel both in the front office and on the sidelines. Make no mistake, this will be a couple years rebuild. But with the right people in place the Lions are setting the franchise up for long-term success.