The Detroit Lions will emerge from their bye week a different team. Although the recent firings of team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew won't be evident from watching the players on the field, a shakeup like that can rock a franchise to its core.
On Monday, Lions owner Martha Ford, the woman who was responsible for firing Lewand and Mayhew, addressed her players and laid out her expectations moving forward. A handful of players detailed their 90-year-old boss's message.
Lions linebacker Brandon Copeland described Ford's address as "candid," per the Free Press, saying that her goals aligned with those of the players and coaches the locker room:
Veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp commented on the seriousness of the situation, via the Free Press:
Ford's rare decision to address the team may have a lasting effect on these Lions. They'll have to play some inspired football on Sunday to take down the Green Bay Packers, even though both teams are losers of two straight.