Lions Organization Drowning in Incompetence or Better Yet...Embarrassment.

Hondo S. Carpenter

Lions Organization Drowning in Incompetence

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The Lions’ staff, no matter how much they craw fished, said that they were concerned Drew Stanton would “embarrass” himself. They should know. Since the owner bought the team his ownership has been an embarrassment to the NFL and his management and ownership style, along with his team (on and off the field), have proven it.

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Don’t bother with the email saying this is a “Pro-Drew Stanton because he is a Spartan” article. It has nothing to do with it.

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Let’s assume that the Lions owner, WCF, knows what he wants to do for a moment when the season is over. Here is why the Culpepper situation is ignorant.

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Does he want to keep Lewand and Marinelli?
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Players have already communicated to me that if Marinelli had Culpepper start that they would totally disregard his mantra of nothing is given. One offensive player (no it wasn’t Drew) told me last week, “I don’t care if it is Dan (if he is healthy) or Drew or the other Drew. Coach is giving the first team reps to Daunte and he has said for so long nothing is given around here.  We have supported him and stood by him. If Daunte starts Sunday I guess that it doesn’t apply when your job is on the line.”

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I have not spoken to enough players to know if it is team wide, but I do know enough players that will be back next season to know that he is losing his players’ support. If they all are coming back, this just put a big lump (you decide of what) in the punch bowl.

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I have no idea how Drew will do in the NFL. I want to think he will do well because he is a great person and I do know and like him. That, however, isn’t a ticket to a Pro Bowl, but does anyone with a brain actually think Drew would have done worse than Daunte?

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Does he want to clean the house and fire everyone?
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Then you play young players (Drew and others) to let your new GM get a good look when he arrives on film. Playing Culpepper had nothing to do with the future, which is where the Lions have to think. It was about keeping jobs. It was an embarrassment to the fans, the NFL and to anyone with a brain.Â

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One source I have that works for the NFL and has allowed me to on more than one occasion inform the Lions of some action coming from the league BEFORE they knew told me last week, “I don’t think Ford has any idea what he is going to do. How sad.”

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How sad? WCF fired Millen with no plan. There was a lot of criticism for Ford for firing Millen a few games into the year. If he wanted to do it, then it should have happened as soon as the 2007 season ended. Yet again he made a decision out of emotion rather than football IQ. No one would look at the Millen years and try to say that a change wasn’t warranted. Sadly Ford fired Millen when he should fire himself. No doubt he is a good man. WCF is a great human being. That isn’t even debated. There is also no doubt he is a failure as an owner and consistently demonstrates being clueless. Here is a clue: Sell the team. It’s and embarrassment.

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