You're old. You've had your last two seasons ended by severe concussions. And now you're asked to play behind the worst offensive line in the NFL. This could, quite literally, be a hospital pass. I hope not.
When your vice-president comes out and says that, left to his own devices, he would sack you, you know your days are numbered. It still took a day or two for the penny to finally drop with Matt Millen, but now he's gone it is time for the Lions to take a few steps forward. This won't happen immediately - there's been no change in the coaching staff or playing personnel - but something has to change at the league's most under-performing franchise.
That said, it is surprising how often a change at the top can revitalise an ailing team. The Lions have a bye this week, so there's plenty of time for them to get used to what has happened, to use it to their advantage and hopefully come out with more energy and enthusiasm against Chicago next week than they have shown in the past three weeks. This week I want to hear more about how positive everyone in Detroit is feeling and how much harder they are working.
Nothing he does this week will make any difference to how he feels following the death of his baby son, but maybe a few hours of having something else to focus on will help in some way. Hopefully he thinks the same, too.