Lions proprietor nonetheless believes in Dan Campbell, GM amid 1-5 begin

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Naturally, Detroit Lions proprietor Sheila Ford Hamp admits she’s pissed off with the 1-5 begin to the season, however she nonetheless feels that coach Dan Campbell and common supervisor Brad Holmes are the precise folks to steer the rebuild.

Ford Hamp fielded questions from reporters for 4 minutes throughout Wednesday’s follow the place she was requested if their jobs might doubtlessly be in jeopardy irrespective of the top results of the season.

“I believe in the leadership,” Ford Hamp stated.

Ford Hamp took over principal possession of the Lions in 2020 after serving as one of many staff’s vice chairs from 2014 to ’19 to succeed her mom, Martha Firestone Ford, who stepped down.

The Lions are coming off 24-6 loss at Dallas on Sunday — their fourth defeat in a row.

They’re 4-18-1 to this point via the second season of management with Campbell and Holmes, however she feels they’re making progress.

“It’s just this was a huge teardown and then turnaround, and we really — we’re only a third of the way through the season,” Ford Hamp stated. “We’ve got 11 more games to go, so I just don’t want to ruin it, push the panic button and give up the ship because I think we’ve got the right people in place to pull this off, and I truly believe that. And I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t believe it.”

Ford Hamp referred to as this rebuild a troublesome course of and stated it is exhausting to remain disciplined as a result of “no one hates losing more than I do, more than my family does, but we’ve got to sort of gut through it.”

The Lions at the moment possess the longest present drought between postseason victories within the NFL, with their final playoff victory coming three many years in the past on Jan. 5, 1992. They have not received greater than six video games or completed with a .500 file since 2017.

“Everyone’s frustrated. I’m frustrated, but again, I really believe in what we’ve got and what we’re going to be,” Ford Hamp stated. “It just takes time.”

Coming into the bye in Week 6, Campbell stated he held a dialog with Ford Hamp the place they went via a radical, deep dive of the roster — each good and dangerous — to have a transparent understanding of the staff’s path. As an ex-Lions participant who skilled the dreadful 0-16 season in 2008, Campbell can relate to the long-suffering possession and fan base who’re ravenous for achievement and is making an attempt to vary the “Same Old Lions” narrative regardless of one more tough begin.

“Yeah, I told her everything that I saw, things that we needed to be better at, offensively, defensively, special teams, myself, and moving forward, practice,” Campbell stated. “So, really, everything. Everything that I had looked at our team and felt like we needed to be better at. I shared all of those thoughts with her and where we were going moving forward and that was it, so she’s been informed.”

Turnovers and key errors, such because the 5 turnovers within the second half of Detroit’s most up-to-date loss to Dallas, have been pricey this season. Nonetheless, Ford Hamp acknowledged the younger gamers on the roster and the way they’re experiencing rising pains. That is one of many many causes that she stated she has endurance with the present management.

“What I really have confidence in is the process we went through in the first place when we hired Brad and Dan,” Ford Hamp stated. “It was extremely thorough, and we really believe we’ve come up with the right people, so I can’t comment on other teams’ rosters or what they had in the first place. All I know is what we had and where we’re going.”