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11:36 AM ET 03.31 | This is the offseason that could decide the fate of Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew. That's a fact regardless of whether anyone in the organization would ever state it so bluntly. Mayhew's precarious position explains why the Lions have been extremely active in free agency, signing running back Reggie Bush, safety Glover Quin and defensive end Jason Jones. They kept safety Louis Delmas and cornerback Chris Houston, but allowed the overpriced duo of tackle Gosder Cherilus and defensive end Cliff Avril to walk. Mayhew knows there has to be a sense of urgency, even if he hasn't admitted that the 2013 season could determine his future in Detroit.

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March 31, 2013  11:50 AM ET

Sometimes you can bring in to many outsiders to help built a winner, instead of going through the draft and adding maybe one free agent to keep building the core of your team for the future.

March 31, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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Sometimes you can bring in to many outsiders to help built a winner, instead of going through the draft and adding maybe one free agent to keep building the core of your team for the future.

The problem is, after the Moron Millen Era, the team didn't have a "core" at all. Seriously, the team was worse off than an expansion franchise when Mayhew took over. Right now, the team has a decent core of starters on defense and (especially) on offense, but no real depth. I'm hoping the Bush signing will return the same facet to the offense that was there with Javid Best. (Remember the Lions started out 5-0 with Best as a backfield threat. They've sucked ever since he got his eggs scrambled.)

IMHO, the one place the Lions need a total house-cleaning is in their Physical Therapy/Medical/Fitness group. Mayhew has drafted well, but the Lions can't keep the players on the field.

March 31, 2013  01:24 PM ET

I think Mayhew is doing what needs to be done. Perhaps the team development is a little on the slow side, but the long-term benefits may compensate for this.

One of the big problems with the Lion franchise is that the players and the staff don't deep-down really believe they are going to win.

March 31, 2013  01:26 PM ET

He could help himself tremendously with a new head coach...

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March 31, 2013  02:03 PM ET
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He could help himself tremendously with a new head coach...

Yes, this Lions team has a good amount of talent. But the leadership is suspect.

March 31, 2013  02:29 PM ET

Even though I'm a Packer fan, it's kind of a shame. The way he started I thought that ship would have been righted all the way now. At least it should have. His players and that knuckleheaded **** coach of his, is letting him down by underperforming (players) and being incompetent (head coach).

March 31, 2013  02:54 PM ET
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He could help himself tremendously with a new head coach...

Supposedly they would have to pay out a huge amount of money to him if fire Schwartz right now. They are following the time tested principle that keeping someone because it would cost money in the short term has always been the basis for success.

March 31, 2013  03:03 PM ET
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Supposedly they would have to pay out a huge amount of money to him if fire Schwartz right now. They are following the time tested principle that keeping someone because it would cost money in the short term has always been the basis for success.

Making decisions for a NFL football team based on the fiscally correct path will never build a sound franchise from an on the field standpoint. They might make a profit but will suck on the field. Fire Schwartz immediately, bring in a bright progressive replacement. Let him hire the assistants he wants and then insist the GM support the coach with drafts and trades based on the needs of the team. If the Fords can't afford to do that they should sell the team.

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March 31, 2013  03:34 PM ET

Detroit's GM job is cursed.

Or they hire guys that aren't fit for the job.

Either way, the Lions seem to make odd personnel decisions every year.

March 31, 2013  03:36 PM ET
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The problem is, after the Moron Millen Era, the team didn't have a "core" at all. Seriously, the team was worse off than an expansion franchise when Mayhew took over. Right now, the team has a decent core of starters on defense and (especially) on offense, but no real depth. I'm hoping the Bush signing will return the same facet to the offense that was there with Javid Best. (Remember the Lions started out 5-0 with Best as a backfield threat. They've sucked ever since he got his eggs scrambled.)IMHO, the one place the Lions need a total house-cleaning is in their Physical Therapy/Medical/Fitness group. Mayhew has drafted well, but the Lions can't keep the players on the field.

Wait... you're a Lions fan and you dislike Matt Millen? How is that possible?

Oh right... it was probably the endless streak of wide receivers. Or the fact that Millen is the worst GM in the history of the NFL.

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March 31, 2013  04:12 PM ET
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Bringing in Reggie Bush was an excellent pickup IMO. This should help Matt immensely.

I don't really like Bush much but if any team can utilize him it would the Lions.

March 31, 2013  04:24 PM ET

Is Matt Millen available?

March 31, 2013  04:25 PM ET
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Bringing in Reggie Bush was an excellent pickup IMO. This should help Matt immensely.

Excellent pickup if you want a VD-filled team ...

April 1, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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*steals MF's grumpy old man pills, ships them to Nerb*

<Reports DJ to postal inspectors at the USPS for shipping controled and dangerous substances thru the US mail> ;^D


Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do, when Newmen comes for you!!!


BTW this will be the most friendly call out of DJ on FN this week and last! (Cause I'm kidding, of course, MAYBE!!! :^)

 
April 1, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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<Reports DJ to postal inspectors at the USPS for shipping controled and dangerous substances thru the US mail> ;^DWhatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do, when Newmen comes for you!!!*BTW this will be the most friendly call out of DJ on FN this week and last! (Cause I'm kidding, of course, MAYBE!!! :^)

*BTW=Sadly

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