Lions’ blunder prompted draft-visit disclosures

AP

As we mentioned earlier tonight, the Lions decided to disclose on their website the names of the rookies whom the team will be hosting to the 2011 draft.  As coach Jim Schwartz recently said, “The fact is, everybody in the league knows.  So if everybody in the league knows, it really doesn’t matter.  And if it’s interesting for the fans . . . then I’m all for it.”

When Schwartz said “everybody in the league knows,” we assumed he was referring to the habit of agents to discreetly (or otherwise) get the word out as to where their clients will be going before the draft.

Instead, Schwartz was speaking literally.

Multiple sources have advised PFT that the Lions, intending to send a list of their pre-draft visits to the league as required by rule, sent the list to every team.

Let’s repeat that.  The Lions were trying to send an e-mail to the league office with a list of pre-draft visits.  And they instead sent the list to the entire league.

One source said that the same thing happened when quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed on injured reserve during the 2010 season, sending the e-mail to the entire league instead of to the league office.

In other words, this is the second time in less than four months that the Lions made the same mistake.

Why do we have a funny feeling that, in some way, this is Matt Millen’s fault?

33 responses to “Lions’ blunder prompted draft-visit disclosures

  1. You sure it’s not a ploy by Mayhew to make teams “think” they have the Lions draft strategy figured out?

  2. Be cool if they sent out a fake list and acted as if it was an accident. But hey, it’s the Lions.

  3. Why do we have a funny feeling that, in some way, this is Matt Millen’s fault?
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    Lol nice.

    Its the Matt Millen virus. Its wreaking havoc on the emails and just wait til the drafts become electronic – you’ll think he’s GM again!

  4. I have met the mail administrator for the NFL. This should not of happened.

    The guy explained to me that no NFL team is allowed to directly email each other. Every thing meant to go to a different team must go through the central email server and checked for issues (collusion, inside info, etc.) Someone is checking all of these emails that go between teams.

    Some idiot pulled a michael scott and sent it to the wrong distribution group and then some idiot at the central NFL office let this email go through that shouldn’t have.

    So my point is that it took more than one person and not just from the lions to cause this screw up.

  5. One of the biggest problems with the Lions is that the Ford family has the front office packed with family and friends. I have no doubt there’s some incompetent admin behind this who has no qualifications for the job other than being a friend of the Fords.

    Rumors of this sort of stuff went back to even Millen’s earliest days with the team… that he wanted to get rid of a lot of incompetent and useless people in the front office and in the football operations (scouts, etc) and the Ford family wouldn’t let him.

    I’ve been surprisingly happy with Lewand, Mayhew, and Schwartz, but the dysfunction with this team has been around since the Ford family bought the team.

  6. Don’t you think that the idiot sending the message to the league would title the league name, oh I don’t know, maybe LEAGUE OFFICE ONLY LOCATED IN NEW YORK!

  7. lostsok says: Apr 2, 2011 10:53 PM

    Even worse, they forwarded a copy of their draft board to a Nigerian prince.

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    Top-shelf comedy.

  8. njwis says: Apr 2, 2011 11:19 PM

    I have met the mail administrator for the NFL. This should not of happened.

    The guy explained to me that no NFL team is allowed to directly email each other. Every thing meant to go to a different team must go through the central email server and checked for issues (collusion, inside info, etc.) Someone is checking all of these emails that go between teams.

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    Yeah, and my cousin is Bruce Willis.

    You know what I think? I think that you are 25% right about someone (probably an admin. asst.) at the Lions screwing up and sending the email to the wrong distribution group.

    As for the rest of it? Pure crap. Teams “not allowed to email each other directly?” Nice try Chunk.

  9. The dreaded Reply To All has risen up again.

    Or, the man who gets the emails at the NFL office is named Al, and the Lion guy is dyslexic and email illiterate and thinks Reply To All reads Reply To Al

  10. It looks like the office staff is as adept as their team. Good grief, they don’t even know how to send an email.
    I guess they forward all their email by “reply to all” too. What a bunch of dolts.

  11. It was not a mistake……..In the words of George Bush, it was their “stra-tee-jury”

  12. hobartbaker says: Apr 3, 2011 2:04 AM

    Well, now we know where former Steeler’s line coach Larry Zierlein landed.
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    HAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s one of your best ever joke comments, dude!
    (Still thinks you are the artist formerly known as robertethan-SP?)

  13. I love how 90% of people think this is some huge mistake…the one thing i’ve learned about schwartz and mayhew is EVERYTHING they do is done for a reason…

  14. And PFT takes the bait, hook, line and sinker.

    Dang it’s easy to spread misinformation in this day and age, isn’t it?

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