Lions fire GM, president; Caldwell still employed “Watch”

Updated: November 6, 2015
Lions fire GM, president; Caldwell still employed - Watch

The Lions fired general manager Martin Mayhew and team president Tom Lewand on Thursday, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Lions have a league-worst 1-7 record in 2015.

Ford has named Sheldon White as interim general manager for the remainder of the season. White has been the team’s vice president of player personnel since 2009. White played for the Lions between 1990-1992.

Ford promised a national search to hire permanent front office personnel.

“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. “Our fans deserve a winning football team.”

The team is currently on a bye week, after returning from London, where they lost 45-10 to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Martin Mayhew took over as general manager after the team fired Matt Millen in 2008, during the infamous 0-16 season.

Under his tenure, the Lions made two playoff appearances, but failed to win a postseason game. In his 6 1/2 full seasons as GM, the Lions were 41-64.

Tom Lewand was named team president in 2008, after the team finished 0-16. Both Mayhew and Lewand were with the team during the Matt Millen era.

Lewand released a statement late Thursday night:

“I want to thank Mrs. Ford and her family for the opportunity to serve the Lions organization and its great fans. I am particularly grateful to Bill Ford for allowing me to be part of the unique vision he shared with his father to bring the Lions back to Detroit. I have tremendous respect and appreciation for the dedicated players, coaches and former colleagues who make the Lions and Ford Field special and wish all of them great success now and in the future.”

Ford said head coach Jim Caldwell and his staff will remain with the team, for now. The Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and two other coaches just last week.