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Lions fire coach, but hanging onto G.M. Martin Mayhew

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The Lions shakeup appears confined to the coaching staff.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Lions will retain General Manager Martin Mayhew.

While you can’t take Mayhew off the hook for the disappointing 29-51 Jim Schwartz era, the general consensus around the league is that the Lions have a talented roster that isn’t reflected in the record.

Mayhew was able to hang onto a role after Matt Millen was fired, and has put together a roster that should be able to contend, as they don’t have the same kind of quarterback issues other places with vacancies have right now.

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27 Responses to “Lions fire coach, but hanging onto G.M. Martin Mayhew”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 30, 2013 12:33 PM

    Yeah it is talented, but it could have been a LOT more talented, in addition to better coached. The Lions are already confused about their problems, just like every other offseason when they couldn’t figure out what to do to get to the next level. Good luck to us!

  2. philliesblow says: Dec 30, 2013 12:34 PM

    The Schwartz is no longer with you. The latest in a decades long line of Lions head coaches that will never get another head coaching job.

  3. purpleguy says: Dec 30, 2013 12:34 PM

    I question whether the roster, overall, is as talented as everyone says. There are some awesome individual talents, but the organizational player depth and quality is average.

  4. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 30, 2013 12:41 PM

    Bring back Wayne Fontes

  5. isphet71 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:43 PM

    Mayhew continues to get better at gathering talent. He’s a pretty young GM. He deserved to stay.

    Schwartz, on the other hand, has regressed the last 2 years. I would say that the Lions have won what games they have in SPITE of Schwartz. So glad to see him gone.

  6. ravanator says: Dec 30, 2013 12:45 PM

    Ozzie Newsome and the entire Ravens Nation take time to laugh at the Lions and how dysfunctonal they are. At least they can move to LA in 2015.

    #ravensnation
    #joemontanaflacco

  7. hurricanegrabowski says: Dec 30, 2013 12:48 PM

    Same old Lions then, they still have the Millen Taint. Mayhew is below average as a GM. A talented roster can contend in spite of a below average coach. That isn’t a talented roster. And Mayhew has already proved he can’t find a coach. The Fords are terrible owners.

  8. jojopuppyfish says: Dec 30, 2013 12:54 PM

    Lovie smith would be the best coach for this team.
    They have a good offense and the defense has the players but needs discipline.
    And he’s a good coach

  9. massappeal12345 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:56 PM

    Schwartz gets saddles with a bunch of talented, but dysfunctional players and he gets the boot.

    The guy that picks said dysfunctional players gets a pass.

    There is no team in Lions.

  10. mutantman87 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:56 PM

    Mayhew may not be executive of the year this year, and he may not be doing quite what Schneider has done for Seattle, but he has done an above-average job of setting the table in Detroit. He brought in Bush and Bell on offense, and then Suh, Fairley, Idonije, and Young on the outstanding defensive line, with Levy at LB. The secondary still needs work but is improving. The Panthers and 49ers have shown that a great front seven can compensate for a weak secondary. It is inexcusable, however, that with superior talent and standing at 6-3, that the Lions finished 7-9 and lost a division that nobody really deserved to win.

    Also, if I were Mayhew, I would call Matt Stafford into my office and tell him that he absolutely is working with a QB tutor this season to clean up his sloppy mechanics, whether his petulant self wants to or not- “George Whitfield will be here to start two weeks from today.”

  11. gbpshareholder says: Dec 30, 2013 12:57 PM

    what a laughable result to a season where they expected to compete…

  12. smstonerock says: Dec 30, 2013 12:57 PM

    hurricanegrabowski says:
    ” A talented roster can contend in spite of a below average coach.”

    Um, no they can’t. This is a thinkin man’s game. And you obviously aint a thinkin man.

  13. edawg7l says: Dec 30, 2013 12:59 PM

    Remember what the Lions were like before Schwartz showed up? I’m not saying he was perfect, but…..

  14. gbfb88 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:02 PM

    Can someone please point out where all this talent the Lions supposedly have is hiding? I see Calvin out there. I see Suh. Where else? Stafford is mediocre. Ansah is still too raw. Fairley only looks so good because he lines up next to Suh. Delmas is injury-prone, and consistently gets lost in coverage. Pettigrew is a joke. The way everyone talks, you’d think their offense was the ’07 Pats & their D was the ’85 Bears.

  15. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 30, 2013 1:02 PM

    Mayhew did not pick Schwartz. That was a Lewand hire. Mayhew wanted to s-can Schwartz last year, Lewand didn’t and Ford Jr sided with Lewand.

  16. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 30, 2013 1:02 PM

    This time Martin gets to pick his own guy. Let’s see how he does.

  17. gordon57 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:05 PM

    And the Ravens play their first playoff game where?

  18. thelionsrgreat says: Dec 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    What if we are not as talented as people say. Maybe this is all my team is capable of? Than what?

  19. realfootballfan says: Dec 30, 2013 1:29 PM

    They need to stop bargain hunting for a coach and identify a candidate who fits the vision of the organization, whatever that is going forward. Under Schwartsz, that was undisciplined, sloppy play, which his unit was known for in Tennessee. Why anyone thought it would be different once he got elevated to the top job is beyond me. Just look at what Bruce Arians did in Arizona this year; good coaches are out there, but you need to identfiy them.

  20. buyamericanonly says: Dec 30, 2013 1:34 PM

    Martin Mayhew should send Brian Xanders a big Christmas present for saving his job with the last draft

  21. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 30, 2013 1:42 PM

    I second the vote for Wayne Fontes! He looked like a guy on the street – kinda like a garbade man. Loved that! Maybe Eddie Payton can run back kicks?

  22. philliesblow says: Dec 30, 2013 1:42 PM

    The chances of the Lions hiring a coach that can make this franchise a play off winner are about the same as that Duck Dynasty guy being voted man of the year by GLAAD.

  23. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 30, 2013 1:57 PM

    So…. I do remember what happened in Denver, but…. wouldn’t it be nice to see Josh McDaniels’ wife in a Ford Field luxury box several weeks a season?

  24. telergy says: Dec 30, 2013 1:58 PM

    Hire Lovie as HC and Chudzinski as OC…its a wrap

  25. dtownsportslions says: Dec 30, 2013 2:05 PM

    Martin keep drafting like you did last season and you can stay.

  26. asublimeday says: Dec 30, 2013 2:29 PM

    So tired of these “lions are so talented” posts and comments. They’re not. Matthew stafford is a stats queen and choke artist

  27. skimbell says: Dec 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    “asublimeday says:
    Dec 30, 2013 2:29 PM

    So tired of these “lions are so talented” posts and comments. They’re not. Matthew stafford is a stats queen and choke artist”

    Couldn’t agree more.
    Real “talented” teams are still playing.

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