The Detroit Lions are turning to a company from a long-time rival city in an attempt to find the team’s future leadership.
The Lions are hiring the Chicago-based company Heidrick and Struggles to help the team overcome its struggles on the field by searching for a new general manager.
The search firm has helped recruit executives for a variety of companies, including helping to select the chair of Google and a past commissioner of the NFL.
Detroit, sitting at the bottom of the NFL standings mid-way through the season, parted ways with General Manager Martin Mayhew and Team President Tom Lewand last week.
The move also casts some doubt on the future of key Lions who were brought to the team by Mayhew and Lewand, in particular Head Coach Jim Caldwell and quarterback Matthew Stafford.