Chris Spielman praises Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp’s commitment to winning

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Detroit Lions special assistant Chris Spielman took to the airwaves in Detroit on Wednesday and offered up an interesting look at how important it is for his boss, owner Sheila Ford Hamp, to get things right with the team. Spielman noted Hamp is actively involved in overviewing the processes behind the scenes in Allen Park.

Hamp has been integral in the team’s hiring decisions, offering input on choosing new GM Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell. But where does she fit into the team’s new power structure?

“It was interesting, people ask me all the time, how much is Sheila involved,” Spielman said on 97.1 the Ticket. “Well, Sheila 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.”

Speilman then shared an anecdote on just how dedicated Hamp is to turning the Lions into winners and being personally involved in making that happen.

“I had a great office when I got here,” Spielman stated. “All of a sudden, I’m on a corner next to the exit door. I said, ‘What happened?’ Well, Sheila wants this office because it’s right in the middle of everything, which is awesome.

It just goes to show her commitment to what she wants and how involved she is, you know, being in these meetings and giving her opinion, which is fun. It’s cool to see the commitment that she has and that (president) Rod (Wood), (senior vice president) Mike Disner and everybody has.”

Perhaps realizing that those comments could be construed as ownership making decisions they ought not to be, Spielman quickly efforted to clear that up.

“Everybody understands that, as far as the personnel goes, Brad and Dan, it’s on them. They’ve gotta sign their name to it,” Spielman said emphatically.

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