ANOTHER COACH INTRODUCED AT FORD FIELD

     How many times have we seen it at Ford Field-- another new head coach introduced by the Detroit Lions in a lavish setting-- from Marty Mornhingweg to Steve Mariucci to Rod Marinelli and Friday to 42-year old Jim Schwartz.  They've all been excited and glad to be here and they've always accepted a challenge and they are all ready to give it their all and it's all going to work out.  And they all end up getting fired because they can't win.  It's been that way for 52 years and the Lions have all of one play off win to show for the efforts of many coaches.

     What is more significant and has been to me for years is who provides the personnel for the Lions coaches to win with?  Without good players no one wins, right?  So how will the Lions approach the draft and free agency and other ways of acquiring help?  How will that change from the Matt Millen era?  If it doesn't change then the Lions fortunes will not change significantly in my view.

     MSU and Western Michigan are moving their Nov. 7th football game from Ford Field to Spartan Stadium.  This is an economic move and they all admit it.  Ford Field only drew 12,000 for the WMU vs. Illinois game last November.  More would have shown up for the MSU game, but the stadium only holds 65,000 anyway.  MSU has a better chance of coming close to selling 75,000 tickets.  Even without a sellout the Spartans do not have to rent Ford Field.  So MSU now has seven home games and Western has three Big Ten opponents for road games next season-- the opener at Michigan, followed by games at Indiana and later at MSU.

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