Two-plus years ago, the Vikings announced their new power structure by coining a new term.
The Triangle of Authority.
The Triangle consisted of coach Brad Childress, cap guy Rob Brzezinski, and personnel exec Fran Foley.  It became a Straight Line of Authority when Foley stepped down after the 2006 draft, based in large part on glaring irregularities in his résumé.
And then it became a Triangle again, once Rick Spielman was hired.  Even though they’ve never really called it a Triangle since Spielman arrived.
In Detroit, a Square of Authority could be in the offing.
The three corners already are in place — coach Rod Marinelli, G.M. Martin Mayhew, and COO Tom Lewand.  The missing piece could be Falcons president Rich McKay, who has been exiled from the football operation in Atlanta (but for his ongoing presence on the Competition Committee).
McKay has direct ties to two of the other three.  During McKay’s stay in Tampa, Mayhew was a player and Marinelli was an assistant coach.
So there’s already talk in some league circles that McKay could be the person for whom Mayhew, Lewand, and Marinelli will be pushing, primarily since McKay wouldn’t come in and fire each of them.
But not everyone thinks McKay will be the guy.  And Peter King of NBC reported on Saturday that the league will be influencing the process.  If so, we suspect that the league office will steer the Fords away from any scenario that allows Mayhew and Lewand, key components of the Millen regime, to have significant influence over the football operation.
Frankly, we think that the Fords had it right by putting one guy in charge.  They shouldn’t shy away from that approach simply because they hired the wrong guy. 


  1. Because McKay did such wonderful things for Atlanta….
    Prepare for another decade of failure, Detroit.

  2. The Fords should have Floyd Reese and Sundquist on their speed dial right now. Bring them both in…decide which one you like better, and hire the other guy.

  3. Won’t happen.
    The Lions already announced they’re asking the league for help this offseason. I highly doubt McKay’s name is going to be on that list.

  4. What if aliens kidnap Ford, Sr and replace him with an android from the planet Zoltar? And then he can hire the ghost of Vince Lombardi to be the GM, hire the next National Spelling Bee champ to be the cap manager, and tap Snoop Dog to be the coach.
    We could go on and on about hypothetical situations but its retarded. I have a suggestion… why not wait til facts suggest something might happen instead of going thru every “what if” scenario.
    Like I’ve said before (but it always gets censored) this site is losing a whole lot of credibility by just churning out random “what if” stuff.

  5. When I first heard about “The Triangle of Authority”, I got a
    picture in my mind of kids playing with their superhero dolls
    and calling a cardboard box “The Hall of Justice”.
    The Fords have asked for help from the league? Do you know what
    they have asked for help with, specifically, G-man?

  6. PurpleNGold:
    Sources have said the Lions are going to do what the Atlanta Falcons did at the beginning of their search for a new general manager. When asked, the league forms a committee to research and compile a list of the most competent possibilities for general manager.
    There has not been any word yet if the Lions will ask for more help (or if the league is willing to help even more than that).

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