Washington announces hiring of Martin Mayhew as G.M.

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Though former Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney was initially reported to be Washington’s choice for the same role, the Football Team officially named Martin Mayhew its G.M. on Friday morning.

Mayhew spent seven seasons as the Lions’ G.M. from 2008-2015. He was most recently the vice president of player personnel for the 49ers.

“Martin is a proven General Manager who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization,” Washington head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “He will be an integral part of running the daily football operations and will allow me the opportunity to focus more on coaching. He impressed both myself and [team owner Dan] Snyder during the interview process and we both believe he will be a tremendous fit here. He is a man of high character and integrity and was part of the rich history and tradition of this great franchise as a member of the Super Bowl championship team in 1991.”

Mayhew spent nine seasons in the league as a cornerback, winning Super Bowl XXVI with Washington.

Mayhew will report directly to Rivera.

Hurney is still expected to join the organization and will work alongside Mayhew, according NFL media’s Ian Rapoport.

29 responses to “Washington announces hiring of Martin Mayhew as G.M.

  1. He did such a great job in Detroit, they won lots of games and made the playoffs every year. They even won the SB twice, so he should be rewarded with this job. Oops…wait, that wasn’t him or Detroit

  2. Because of this hiring the 49ers will receive one more 3rd round pick, in the 2023 draft. So, “compensatory” 3rd rounders in the next three drafts.

  3. Always liked that guy. Remember him playing with the Bucs VERY early in the Lynch, Brooks and Sapp era. Good for him.

  4. “Mayhew spent seven seasons as the Lions’ G.M. from 2008-2015”

    And yet they hired him anyway. Some teams will never learn.

  5. For all you people saying it doesn’t work to have the GM reporting to the Head Coach….let’s see, Bill Belichik, Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells. And Take a guess as to who has more power between Andy Reid and Brett Veach? Or Pete Carroll and John Schoeder. Or Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch (although those results have certainly been up and down).

  6. I remember when Mayhew signed as a Plan B free agent with Washington 30 years ago. He went on to start the Super Bowl against the Bills.

  7. It’s an odd power dynamic, but I’d like to see how it plays out. Too many GMs have used their coaches as scapegoats to be fired to paper over their own failures in building a workable roster.
    At least in this situation, everybody gets fired at the same time for the right reasons.

  8. Everyone questioning how a GM reporting to a coach will work – this will be a collaborative effort. The GM will do GM things (something RR basically did the first year). RR has final say on football decisions, but now he has a colleague that can do the actual work. If RR decides we wants to sign free agent X, he simply instructs the GM to have a go at it, instead of RR having to do it himself. You know, while coaching, fighting cancer, etc.

  9. The appeal to Ron Rivera of joining Washington was the fact it would be a Head Coach centric organization. The GM reporting to a Head Coach, while different, is not a radical concept considering the other examples in the league. However, it can only work correctly if people respect the Head Coach. It wouldn’t work if the same model had Jay Gruden as Head Coach.

    Considering that Washington increased its win total from 3 to 7 games in 2020 and made the playofffs suggests this is the right move.

  10. Odd reporting formation. Seriously, a team gets a compensatory pick for hiring a minority who has been in management positions in the league for 20+ years? That makes no sense as no mentoring took place, one would assume.

  11. it doesn’t matter who the WFT hires or who reports to whom. as long as danny is around he will always be meddling.

  12. While he was GM for the Detroit Lions he put together a team and the success of that team starts at the top so what were the Lions accomplishments.well they did win a few games but lost alot.never were they a challenge to the Bears,Vikings or Packers for the NFCN title but they didnt finish last every yearso he succeeded on that score.

  13. Seattle. Kansas City and New England have similar structures. In many other organizations, the GM and coach have at least equal power with not reporting to the owner. I think it’s best in the case of the WFT that the owner not be part of the equation.

  14. They now have the most convoluted, strong management team in the NFL. No matter who reports to whom, it is light years better than the previous management team, which consisted of Bruce Allen and nobody. Nobody was the better of the two.

  15. I would say his best accomplishment was the first 0-16 season in NFL history

    billh1947 says:
    January 22, 2021 at 10:41 am
    While he was GM for the Detroit Lions he put together a team and the success of that team starts at the top so what were the Lions accomplishments.well they did win a few games but lost alot.never were they a challenge to the Bears,Vikings or Packers for the NFCN title but they didnt finish last every yearso he succeeded on that score.

  16. Josh Sowards says:
    January 22, 2021 at 8:34 am
    Good for him. Glad he got another shot.
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    I guess you think he deserved another shot? Did something suddenly change from the 12 years he was either the Asst. GM or GM in Detroit? You know, where the Lions had 2 winning seasons and 10 losing seasons, which included one season where they went 0-16. That’s a good enough sample for me.

  17. He did a good job of finding defensive linemen. As I recall, Detroit’s offensive line was terrible. Hopefully he’s been improving his skill set and growing every year.

  18. So the CFO will report to the head of the accounting department. Yep, that’s perfectly normal. In Washington.

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