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Postby WannabeGuru » Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:03 pm

Last I saw of the former Titans GM he was on ESPN, thought he did some great things at Tennessee(short of drafting Pac Man). Wonder if he`ll even want the job.
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Re: What is Floyd Reese up to????

Postby moochman » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:54 am

Reese has done nothing but openly campaign for the GM job. I hope the Lions resist and find someone who has been working in a FO capacity rather than someone who has honed (sarcasm) his skills behind a TV camera.
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Re: What is Floyd Reese up to????

Postby Santacruzer » Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:52 pm

Former Titans GM interested in Lions' job: 'I could be in Detroit tomorrow'

By GEORGE SIPPLE • FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER • September 25, 2008

Floyd Reese, the general manager of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans in 1994-2006, spoke to Free Press sports writer George Sipple about the state of the Lions, what advice he had given owner William Clay Ford Sr. and whether he's interested in Matt Millen's old job.
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What was your first reaction when you heard Millen had been fired?

A:“He's been struggling with his image, his record has been struggling for quite awhile. The 0-3 record, the fact that they have not been playing well probably added to that. If I were to recommend anything to the Ford family, this is a great opportunity to sit down and analyze what's going on.

“They can't bring anybody in that's with a club. But there are really qualified people they could bring in to just help them, someone that's been with a club, someone that's knowledgeable, that's had some success."

Sounds like you. Are you interested?

A:“If I had Williams Clay Ford's number, you'd be hearing a dial tone right now. I'm in a unique situation. I've been in the league 32 years. ... I could be in Detroit tomorrow.

“One of the real uncut gems in the NFL is Detroit. It has a great owner. He's got a lot of money. He wants to win very badly, and he's not one of those guys that's on the sidelines. He just wants to find someone that can help him win.”

What was your reaction when you first heard that Millen had been hired by the Lions in 2001?

A:“It was unusual. For years and years, it was difficult to find ex-players that could even be good coaches. Most of these players are so blessed, that they maybe don't understand how somebody that lacks a little something can get to the NFL.

"But to go from a player to a GM is a monumental leap. To go from a player to an analyst to a GM is maybe less of a leap, but I'm not sure.”

Millen was a great player. He was a great broadcaster. Why wasn't he a great president and CEO?

A:“There are so many more things to it. It involves just thousands of things. You have to know the league from a different perspective. Even though Matt was a great football guy, you have to know who's the best trainer, who's the best equipment guy. All those things you don't learn as a player.”

Being able to evaluate talent is the most important part of that job, isn't it?

A:“Your scouting system, it's the lifeblood of any franchise. No coach that has won a ton of games will tell you they won because of coaching. If you've never scouted in college, if you've never written a report or been to a pro day, it's hard to know what to do and do it efficiently. The bottom line is there are people that are just not good at it.”

Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers and Mike Williams. Which was the worst draft pick?

A:“Take your pick. It's always the same. When you draft a quarterback, there's so much more to being a quarterback than just production. You have to be a tough guy. You have to have all the intangibles. That's why Tom Brady, a sixth-round pick who was too weak, too skinny, can be the MVP. To be a quarterback takes so much more. Sometimes you get too caught up in height, weight, speed.

“You had issues with each one. You had issues with Joey's toughness, leadership abilities. Mike Williams, you had problems. He played the Rose Bowl and weighed 254 pounds. In college, that's fantastic. In the NFL, that doesn't cut it. And with Charles, he had some issues; we all know that.”

What do you think about Tom Lewand and Martin Mayhew taking over for the rest of this season?


A:“I don't know how many choices they had. I know them both. I like them both. My gut feeling is if you make a list of the 10 things you need to make a franchise competitive, Detroit has all 10. They need to be really calculating on what they do and how they do it. That's not to take anything away from those guys.

"This is the best time to evaluate where you are. Whether you created it or were forced into it. By the end of this season, you could have extensive reports on scout A, scout B and scout C, your equipment guy, your quarterback, and that's why I hope they don't miss this opportunity. It's golden, and it doesn't happen very often. It's probably not the most stable thing that can happen, but yet this is where you are now. So turn around and make something great now.”

You were the strength-and-conditioning coach with the Lions in 1975-77. Did you have much interaction with Ford Sr. then?


A:“He used to come into the office. He was just a delight. I know there's a lot of people that aren't happy with Mr. Ford. I've been in the business for 32 years, and he is one the most generous, kind owners in the league. He really wants to win.”

Some people here believe the Lions will never win as long as he's the owner. Some think he should sell the team. What do you think?

A:“Absolutely wrong. I would keep it in the family. I knew Ford Jr. when Ford Jr. was 8 or 10. He's grown up, and I do think he has the same passion that his dad has. This is in their heart, and that's important. If you're in a situation like I am, and you're trying to figure out ways to win, the most important thing is your owner wants to win as badly as you do. But there's somebody there that has the final say that can help you. This is not a one-man deal.”


I like what he had to say (among his other accomplishments). I say hire the man.
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Re: What is Floyd Reese up to????

Postby moochman » Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:06 am

If we could sign him for a two or three year deal I would be okay with Reese, but he wouldn't do that and I don't see him keeping his sanity over the long haul. The Lions FO likes to meddle with the GM, historically. Reese gets booted in Tenn becuase he wouldn't back down. While I love that he has a spine, I just don't know how much of that he has lost with his blantant Millen-kissing (ain't supposed to swear) to get the job. If he is so quick to kiss up to Lord Ford, how much of his soul will he sell? Also, I think that Prince Ford, or if I can be forgiven, Lil' Bill :-D , may be taking over at the Allen Park Compost. He might prefer a younger GM that will be around for a long time. You cannot deny that the Fords have not been quick to make GM changes.

As far as his team building, he looks to have done a real nice job in Tenn. He was dead set against drafting of VInce Young and it cost him his job. He did take risky player Haynesworth and that worked out. But the owner decided when it came down to he or head coach Fisher, to go with the head coach. So how much of his success was a result of Fisher? How willing would he be to hire another very strong willed head coach?
Hey I know I am being picky and that Reese is more than qualified to do the job, and that the Fords have never shown any ability to find quaified GMs. So while my knee-jerk response is no, It would be refreshing to see them hire a qualified man. Different too.
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Re: What is Floyd Reese up to????

Postby dream_017 » Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:36 pm

He really sounds good and seems to know what he is doing and talking about. He does have a relationship with Sr., so maybe he would let him have more control...if Sr really wants to win. Time will tell, but I would rather have a guy that has accomplished something in the NFL (management) be hired rather than some young newcomer.
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Re: What is Floyd Reese up to????

Postby moochman » Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:19 am

dream_017 wrote:He really sounds good and seems to know what he is doing and talking about. He does have a relationship with Sr., so maybe he would let him have more control...if Sr really wants to win. Time will tell, but I would rather have a guy that has accomplished something in the NFL (management) be hired rather than some young newcomer.


Qualified newcomer. And more importantly, a younger man who may be a better diplomat than Reese appears to have been. There are many potential GMs out there who can do the job. Reese won't have Fisher making his picks look good, it may be asked to keep numbnutz NimRod. The next player NimRod will develop for the Lions will be the first.
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Re: What is Floyd Reese up to????

Postby WannabeGuru » Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:56 pm

He wants the job, we can't sign him fast enough IMO. The man can flat out draft, he does tend to kick popular veteran players to curb when they're about make big money, but its the NFL.

Another key, he hates drafting WR's
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