Report: Lions hire search firm to help with hunt for new GM

The Lions are already on the prowl for new leadership, thanks to some assistance from the league. Jeff Hanisch USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions are in the preliminary stages of replacing their recently fired executives, general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand. The team has hired a search firm to help gather information on qualified candidates, according to NFL Media's Gil Brandt.

In her prepared statement last week, Lions owner Martha Ford promised fans that the team would put forth a diligent search for new leadership.

"I want to assure our fans that we intend to identify and hire the very best leadership in order to produce a consistently winning football team," Ford said, via the Detroit Free Press. "Our fans deserve a winning football team, and we will do everything possible to make it a reality."

The NFL has a special panel of experts ready to go for situations like this. The league's vice president of communication, Brian McCarthy, named the members of the panel and described their duties to the Free Press:

Whoever this panel deems fit to run the Lions will have plenty of work to do. The franchise has no clear direction for the future, so it's going to be one tough rebuilding job in Detroit.

(h/t Detroit Free Press)

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