Because it does carry merit. If you have a franchise, let’s say McDonalds, and you are the perennially worst facility in the country, you have to make REAL changes. The Lions and their awful owner went fifty some years being the laughing stock of the league. He dies and the old lady takes over. She basically hires a high school drop out to manage her dilapidated McDonalds. That is NOT how you fix something like that.
In the past under Ford ownership, the Lions could have very easily hired Bill Parcells, but we didn’t want him. We could have hired Andy Reid, but we went cheap. We could still go after Kevin Colbert, but instead we asked another corpse Ernie Acorsi on how to hire a rookie GM with zero qualifications.
We are not the Steelers, Pats, Packers or Cowboys. We have a track record of making like ANY good decisions, so we don’t get the benefit of the doubt, since our ownership is clueless. Therefore, the rich old lady shouldn’t be constantly trying to get the most inexperienced, cheapest people to fix this epidemic. Go spend a couple freaking dollars and get someone with a track record of being at least decent.
I know, I know, it’s frowned upon to talk to someone thru back channels who is currently employed. Big F’ing deal. Do it anyway or you will never convince me that this ownership gives AF about winning.