The People vs. William Clay Ford Sr.

On November 22, 1963, William Clay Ford purchased the Detroit Lions for $4.5 million.  Since then they have only managed to win one playoff game and on Sunday they became the first team in NFL history to go 0-16.  It is widely expected that their coach Rod Marinelli will be fired shortly and the search for a new coach will begin.  Professional sports is littered with stories of coaches and players who leave teams to go on to great careers.  By the same token, successful companies are able to identify skilled employees for management positions.  The Detroit Lions are not examples of either of these scenarios.  We’ve gone back through the history of the coaches hired by Mr. Ford and confirmed what we suspected.  No head coach of the Lions has ever gone on to be a head coach of another NFL team.  In fact, five of the twelve coaches during the Ford era never coached again at any level.  The fans of the Lions certainly deserve better and below we present our case for why William Clay Ford Sr. should give up any control of the team.  We’ve listed every coach hired by Mr. Ford, the tenure of each coach and what that coach did after leaving the Lions.  It’s a chilling case in futility, however we are prepared to publish two more articles in this series.  Next we will list every General Manager hired by Ford Sr. and complete another “where are they now” investigation of each.  End the madness!

Harry Gilmer 1964-66- never coached at any level again

Joe Schmidt 1967-72- never coached at any level again.  Worked at a manufacturer’s representative.

Don McCafferty 1973- died of a heart attack after his first season.

Rick Forzano- 1974-76- never coached at any level again.  Started his own company as…a manufacturer’s representative and worked as a college football commentator

Tommy Hudspeth 1976-77- Served as General Manager for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League from 1979-81.  Coached the team Argonauts in 1981 and went 0-10.

Monte Clark- 1978-84- Director of Player Personnel for the Miami Dolphins 1990, Offensive Line Coach for the Miami Dolphins 1995, Assistant Coach U of Cal-Berkley 1998, Special consultant  for the Detroit Lions 1999 to present.

Darryl Rogers- 1985-88- Head Coach Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1991.  Head Coach Arkansas Miners of the PSFL in 1992 but the team never played a game before the league went bankrupt.  worth noting that he infamously uttered the words “what does a coach have to do around here to get fired?”

Wayne Fontes- 1998-1996- Never coached at any level again

Bobby Ross- 1997-2000- Head Coach at Army from 2004 to 2006 where he went 9 and 25.

Gary Moeller- 2000- Defensive Coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars 2001 (resigned), Linebackers Coach for the Chicago Bears  2003-03.

Marty Mornhinweg 2001-02- Offensive Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles 2003 to present

Steve Mariucci- 2003-05- never coached at any level again.  Works as a commentator on the NFL network.

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~ by toddc2001 on December 29, 2008.

2 Responses to “The People vs. William Clay Ford Sr.”

  1. Actually, I’m pretty sure Fontes coached for a few years with an NFL Europe team earlier this decade.

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