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Mayhew: Don't judge me by Millen

Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand just got done meeting with the media for the first time in their new capacities as general manager and team president, and they gave us a lot to sift through. I'll have updates throughout the day, but here's my initial thoughts:

Mayhew is a smart man and may turn out to be a fine GM, and he's right that there's nothing he can do at this point to turn public sentiment in his favor. He was around for all eight seasons of the failed Matt Millen regime and is widely if unfairly viewed as extension of Millen.

I don't think he's a repackaged version of the ex-executive by any means – he's already proved to be a tireless worker and deft dealer – but that's not why I thought the organization should have cleaned house and conducted a thorough front-office search. Simply,  I think that's what was needed to restore credibility after this ugly, 31-97 slide.

Regardless, Mayhew has total control of football operations – “Martin's making the picks,” Lewand said. “Martin's role is talent evaluation,” – and he will be judged over time on that alone.

In terms of specifics, Mayhew offered precious few Tuesday as reporters grilled him and Lewand for more than 40 minutes. He said he believes in building through the draft, won't hand out $30-million checks on the first day of free agency and is the right man for the job in part because he's been around to see and learn from Millen's mistakes.

“Don't judge me by my friends,” he said.

Lions owner William Clay Ford informed both Mayhew and Lewand a week ago on the Monday after the New Orleans game that they would fill their current roles next year. The trio had been in contact regularly since Millen's firing, and a few weeks ago Mayhew said he submitted a detailed plan for how to rebuild the franchise a few weeks ago.

The highlight of that, and the biggest failing of this decade so far, is to implement a single-minded vision shared by him, his scouts, his next coach and on down. He said he wants physical football players and faster football players, borrowing an old Joe Gibbs line that he wants “smart toughguys.”

The first step in that is hiring the right football coach. Neither Mayhew nor Lewand offered much in the way of a timetable for that, but interviews are being set up right now and should begin this week. Among those who could get first crack at impressing Mayhew – and who would seem to fit what he wants – are  Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

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Blogger lmike_d said...

I've been a lion fan over 20 years of my life...and i think this year they need to change maybe consider getting ride of their center trade him away for their 20th pick to move forward..someone looking for a "great" center...or perhaps jeff backus to move forward..i know ur wondering my but i do believe to succeed in the nfl we need a duel running back threat ill try to move for larry johnson consider my to big trades i think how must teams do so well is the fact they have muilti running backs New york gaints..carolina...and san diego..before they let turner go team can be the colts..they have a line but if u look at the other teams they have anough to do so well to win with the seasons they have had i think taking the crazy steps will show that the lions can comeback...and please maybe we can change the uniform complete new look i wish i could have my say to mayhew and tell him my ideas im sure he must look into the fact im right..lets go back to old football pound the ball and we have are star wideout and look into no more players who are looking for a chance to restart their careers...lets get young on the line lose are to most talent lineman or one...go into this draft with some great runningbacks with a line who doesnt know much except to block push get tough in the dirt and cold...and run the ball...then look deep short slants to are wideouts and must important are star.wideout johnson...yes a Qb is important...i understand but we need to make sure its right look here a tim tebow would be better choice he has more heart then any of the other two...he can run but with are new offense...we dont need a so accurate qb this team need heart...and guts...hes a leader...thats my choice i bet he is more willing to try harder and learn more then anyone ...hes my QB choice and are new offense will suite him will...i also bet for the cummunity in detroit would love his care for others as well...write me back on what u have so much more ideas but i can only say so much for know...tell me what u think at least

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