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Martin Mayhew knows the time is now for Lions

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Martin Mayhew went from a Plan B free agent during his playing days to a Plan B general manager when the Lions tossed Matt Millen out the door.

And he knows that if things don’t turn around quickly, he’s going to be looking for his own Plan B for employment.

Mayhew admitted there’s a greater sense of urgency around the Lions camp this year, the kind of thing that occurs naturally when your team goes 4-12 the year before.

“Let me just say this,” Mayhew said, via Anwar Richardson of MLive.com. “When you win four games, you better have a sense of urgency about it. Certainly, I had a great sense of urgency about this offseason, but I wouldn’t categorize it as not having a great sense of urgency in the previous offseasons.

“I just think we came into it with a great sense of urgency about getting better.”

Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz are a sparkling 22-42 as a GM-coach tandem, with the 10-6 record in 2011 their only winning season.

Even if only subliminally, that’s why they were so aggressive pursuing running back Reggie Bush and a number of other free agents, because they know they won’t get many more chances if they don’t win soon.

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15 Responses to “Martin Mayhew knows the time is now for Lions”
  1. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 31, 2013 4:18 PM

    I’ve heard all the lame answers from the Lions about what happened last year. Does the owner clean house if the team repeats it?

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Mar 31, 2013 4:19 PM

    They’ll be competitive that’s for sure. They have a good enough core to push them to be a tough game against any team. Kinda sucks for them they’re in the NFC. They were a team close to the Bengals last year but an easier schedule and conference plus the ability to win close games put Cincy in the playoffs.

  3. noeffinway says: Mar 31, 2013 4:59 PM

    They started with an 0-16 team and have made them very very competitive. Almost all of their losses last year were by less than one TD. They will get it together, without a doubt. They have had some very bad luck with a few draft picks that they were praised for picking in the first place by all you media types. But, yes, I believe if there isn’t some more improvement this season some changes are in order.

  4. chasechorleone313 says: Mar 31, 2013 5:00 PM

    Yea its do or die now

  5. larryboodry says: Mar 31, 2013 5:05 PM

    They have made some nice moves this off-season, but I would not expect a drastic improvement…I do believe 8-8 is possible, however.

  6. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 31, 2013 5:08 PM

    take it from the original NFCBeast the NFC north could easily be the most competitive division in football if Detroit ever gets it together.

  7. lks311 says: Mar 31, 2013 5:18 PM

    In the name of all that is sacred and fair, when are Detroit Lions’ fans ever going to catch a break? I’ve been in that stadium and that is one of the loudest places in the NFL when they’ve got it going correct.

    Hoping they turn it around.

  8. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 31, 2013 6:33 PM

    If you’re a GM and the time isn’t always “now” then you probably aren’t doing a very good job.

  9. wolff111 says: Mar 31, 2013 7:32 PM

    The end of Schwartzy and Mayhew soon

  10. whatjusthapped says: Mar 31, 2013 8:19 PM

    You know you are bad when you lose to the Vikings twice, with Ponder at QB.

  11. leoskoolaid says: Mar 31, 2013 9:08 PM

    Of course the time is now but with the lions totally wasting last years off season and the voids they have to fill on both lines I don’t see then being an above.500 team next year. So good bye front office lions will be back in rebuilding mode again next year.

  12. therealraider says: Mar 31, 2013 9:43 PM

    Mayhew shouldnt be in any danger of losing his job.. the Lions are loaded with talent. Shwartz should be on the hotseat

  13. purpleguy says: Mar 31, 2013 9:52 PM

    Where was the sense of urgency in losing 3/5ths of their O-line?

  14. livepredictor says: Apr 1, 2013 4:06 AM

    Scott will have a field day with his two RB’s!!

  15. butkus54 says: Apr 2, 2013 10:36 AM

    Mayhew has done a good job of upgrading the talent on this roster, but if the Lions don’t make the playoffs this year my guess is he’ll be out.
    And he will be taking Schwartz, Cunningham and Linehan with him.
    They survived the league wide coaching purge last year but not this year … 8 and 8 won’t cut it.

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