Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford has taken the task of saving the team and placed it directly on her own shoulders. Earlier in the season, she fired general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand, the two highest positions in the organization under herself, and on Friday night, she promised fans that winning a Super Bowl is her only goal as owner.
After a league-worst 1-7 start to the 2015 season, Ford sent an email to Lions season-ticket holders telling them that they deserve better than the product that has been on the field.
The poor performance of the team caused Ford to make big changes in the organization and she explained tp fans in her email that the moves "underscore our commitment to each of you." Via The Detroit News:
"You deserve much better. Your support, loyalty and passion for the Lions over the years has been nothing short of remarkable. You have done your part. You deserve a Lions football team that is a consistent winner and one that competes for championships."
In the email, which can be read in full at The Detroit News, Ford also says that the team hasn't given up on competing and finding wins in 2015. Since 2001, the Lions have finished five seasons with three wins or fewer, including an 0-16 year in 2008, the only 0-16 season in NFL history.
"Thank you again for your continued support of the Lions and please know that giving you a championship football team is the singular goal for me and my family."
After a Week 9 bye, the Lions return to action in Week 10 with a road game against the Green Bay Packers. The Lions are No. 31 in the NFL in points scored and No. 32 in points allowed.