Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp involved in personnel, free agency meetings

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Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp is taking a hands-on approach to rebuilding the team’s roster.

Chris Spielman, who joined the Lions’ front office in December, said this morning on 97.1 The Ticket that Hamp is involved in the Lions’ meetings as they discuss improving their personnel.

“[Hamp] has been involved by being in all these personnel meetings. She sat in two days of offensive free agency meetings and defensive free agency meetings,” Spielman said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

The extent to which owners get involved in personnel varies from team to team, with some taking the Jerry Jones approach and appointing themselves general manager, while others don’t find out who the general manager is signing or drafting until the general public finds out. Hamp, who is heading into her first offseason as the primary owner after taking over the team from her mother, isn’t Jerry Jones. But she sounds like she’s going to be on the more involved side.

30 responses to “Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp involved in personnel, free agency meetings

  1. Before the inevitable trolling starts, it sounds like she’s going to be on the more informed side, anyways. I don’t think that can be a bad thing.

  2. So far so good. It will be interesting to see who they snag in FA after all those cool off season coach hires.

  3. As a Lions fan for over 32 years, I appreciate what she is doing. It finally feels like we have an owner that will run a legit team. Time will tell but I like what I see so far.

  4. This is one of those situations that could either be really good or really bad . Really good if she’s involved because she want’s to see how they arrive at their roster building decisions. She will be able to rely on her own opinion on who’s getting the job done or not instead of relying on somebody to tell her what to think . Really bad if she starts to actually make personnel decisions playing the I sign the checks you all will do as I say card . Going to be interesting to see how this plays out .

  5. Just what the Lions need, another person who doesn’t know a thing about building a team the right way. Jerry Jones just got another “buddy” to meddle with their team.

  6. If I spent $2 billion dollars buying a football team, of course I’m getting involved with building/managing the team like my personal fantasy football league.

    Otherwise it’ll be like buying an expensive LEGO set and having someone else open it and put it together for you while you just watch.

  7. She can do whatever she wants as the owner, but every team that is well run is when they delegate. Veach/Reid in KC, Belichick in NE, Colbert in Pitt, Carroll/Schneider in SEA, etc. She has every right to be in the meetings, it is HER team. However, let’s see if she plans to let Holmes run everything.

  8. This is good. The Fords have always stayed totally hands off and let GM’s and coaches do their jobs. Problem is, they never figured out how to tell if someone was a good coach or GM. They always took the word of some “expert” from the league office. We all know how that turned out. Hopefully she is sitting in to build her own knowledge base of how a team is run, so that eventually she will have the ability to know what works or doesn’t work on her own. Hopefully she gets lucky with these new hires and gets to learn what works, without having to go through any more examples of what doesn’t.

  9. Good for her. She can’t possibly be worse than her whole family has been. I like her hiring’s so far. The trade away of Stafford (painful to see him go) was a steal for the Lions. As long as she stays away from “the Patriot way” the should be o.k.

  10. Good. I would too if I owned the dolphins. I would make the throwbacks permanent, drafted tj watt over Charles Harris and fire Chris grier for picking tua over Herbert.

  11. I guess we won’t be hearing the nepotism complaint that we hear so often on this platform with this one will we.

  12. With the exception of bringing back Quinntricia for 2020, there hasn’t been a single move that she’s made that had me scratching my head (not that I’m some kind of authority or anything). Beginning with the hiring of Chris Spielman as special assistant, there has been a plan and clear direction in their hirings.

    I have no issues with her sitting in on meetings. Seeing how the hotdog is made is something not many people are interested in.

  13. This could turn out to be a positive or a disaster. It depends entirely on how she views her role in these discussions. If she’s a Dan Snyder type dilettante who forces decisions on the professionals, the Lions are in trouble. If she’s just interested in observing the decision making process and asking relevant question, it will be a positive thing for everyone.

  14. Protecting her asset by being informed. She has every right to do this and is learning how the whole operation works and more importantly ensuring that her employees do their jobs.
    I’d be willing to be she would have very little to say on any roster decisions outside of maybe character issues she would have concerns with. Trying to make sure your operation has good working systems is never a bad thing.

  15. She owns the team. She should know what’s going on.

    I have a question for anyone who thinks she shouldn’t- Are you going to absolve her of all blame if the team continues to fail? No? Then how can you criticize her wanting to stay on top of things?

    Now, if she starts over ruling the football people she hired, that’s a different story.

  16. It is good if an owner takes interest, especially a new owner who has not been in those meetings previously. And, asking the GM or others to explain why they are making certain moves (or not making them) can be a good thing. Hopefully for Lions fans, that will be as far as it goes. An invested owner who knows what is going on is good. An owner who tries to take over the day to day, without having that background, can lead to trouble.

  17. Nothing wrong with sitting in. She should be informed of what’s going on. Her sitting in does not mean she’s making the decisions. Owners should trust the football people they hire. Hopefully that’s the route she’s taking.

  18. Just like her daddy did for 55 years. That didn’t work out so well and this probably won’t either. the Ford corporate board structure doesn’t work well in the NFL because the football people have to answer to and defer to non football people.

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