When we posted last night an item regarding the second e-mail snafu by the Lions in recent months, we didn’t intend to suggest that the Lions have revealed to all other teams the full extent of the franchise’s 30 pre-draft visits, especially since not all of them have occurred.
Tom Kowalski of mlive.com “inferred” from our post otherwise, and he reports that the Lions have not disclosed inadvertently to the league at large — yet — the incoming rookies who have not yet visited the team.
Apparently, that makes it OK.
Kowalski also points out that, when coach Jim Schwartz said last month that “everybody in the league knows” who’ll be visiting the Lions, he wasn’t speaking literally, because the blunder had yet to occur.
Apparently, that makes it OK, too.
No matter how hard Kowalski wrings out the mop for the home team, the fact remains that they have twice sent e-mails meant only for the league office to every team. The first came when quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed on injured reserve. The second came when they recently notified the entire league of the players who had visited the team.
Though, if the Lions plan to disclose all of the players who come to town for a visit via their website, it’s a no-harm/no-foul situation, it’s the kind of thing that makes other front offices regard the Lions as a bumbling operation, even though the organization otherwise seems to be moving on the right track.
Still, the fact that one flaw has surfaced in a public way two different times makes us wonder how many other less obvious flaws still exist within the franchise, arising either from the Matt Millen regime or from the dynamic that allowed Millen to last in his job for so damn long.