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Lions’ Mayhew Preps New Pair of Wax Wings by BDazzle
September 27, 2008, 4:49 am
Filed under: Big Talk, Predictions, Rivalries | Tags: , , , , ,

Aiming too high is the downfall of heros, but if Icarus aimed this low would anyone remember him?… Marty Mayhew is about to put his pride is on the line.

(Ed. Note: Pretty sad when your franchise’s #1 goal is to beat a team you beat both times last year while under Matt Millen, and have an impressive record against them in Ford Field.)

5 Questions With Detroit Blogger

http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2008/10/3/627376/5-questions-with-detroit-b

I noticed that after the Millen firing, there seemed to be a team-wide refocus to beat the Bears. First, what’s your prediction of the game, and second, what do the Lions need to do to beat the Bears?

Although I do have a feeling that the Lions could come out and pull off the upset due to all of the recent events, I think the Bears will win by a field goal or so.  Detroit can win if they play a balanced game where they don’t get behind early.  If they can keep it close after three quarters and never get down by more than a touchdown, then this is definitely winnable.  The most important things are that the offense limits its mistakes and the defense doesn’t give up any big plays.  It is expected that Chicago will have a pretty good day offensively as most teams do when they play the Lions.  However, if Detroit can contain Kyle Orton and Matt Forte and put some points up on the board themselves, then this could be closer than many expect it to be.



Lions and Bears, Oh My by kennythunder

Lions are putting all their eggs in the basket. But come this winter, will it be early hibernation, or out with a roooooaaar! Looks like the Ford campsite might have some beastly visitors!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3609065

Lions’ new braintrust puts focus on winning the next game
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Beat the Bears.

That’s the stated goal of the two executives now in charge of running the Detroit Lions in the wake of Matt Millen’s dismissal Wednesday.

Executive vice president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew say they want to focus the franchise on winning its next game against Chicago.

Lewand will likely be back next year for a 15th season with the Lions to help with salary-cap issues and other business matters.

Mayhew wants to be retained, but one of Millen’s first hires insisted he doesn’t view the opportunity as an audition.

“I haven’t really thought of it like that,” he said. “The way I look at it, we have to beat the Bears. Right now, I’m the general manager. I’m focused on getting our guys ready and our coaches ready to beat the Bears.”

Detroit’s season seems to be over after getting routed in its first three games, but Lewand and Mayhew told beat writers Thursday a lot can be done to salvage the year and answer critics.

The Lions have a bye this week before hosting the Bears.

“The public perception will be positive when we beat the Chicago Bears in 10 days,” Lewand said.

Millen turned a lackluster franchise into a laughingstock during seven-plus years as team president. The Lions were an NFL-worst 31-84 since 2001 — one of the worst stretches in league history — and are 0-3 this year. This awful start drops them to an NFC-worst 10-25 under coach Rod Marinelli.

“The reality is, we have 13 games to play and we’re two games out of first place,” Mayhew said. “We can’t play the way we’ve played so far. But that’s not scary to me being two games out of first place with 13 games left.”

Millen added Mayhew, a former Washington Redskins teammate, to the front office soon after the Ford family lured him out of the broadcast booth to run the franchise.

“Matt and I have different viewpoints on a lot of things about football, but I’m a Millen guy,” Mayhew said. “I’ve known him for 18 years. We won a Super Bowl together.

“Yesterday was a different day for me. It was a sad day. It was a good day. … It was everything.”

Lewand has done a lot for Lions ownership for more than a decade, including guiding the construction of Ford Field, and might as well be known as “Teflon Tom” because it would be stunning if he’s not working for the team next year and beyond.

The University of Michigan graduate, however, is not focused on his future in the organization. He is trying to improve its culture right now.

“Our job that we started yesterday is to try to create the kind of organization that can work together toward a common goal,” Lewand said. “That’s really easy to say. It’s extremely difficult to do.”



Matty Millen gets Mauled by BDazzle
September 24, 2008, 4:50 am
Filed under: Firings | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Maybe next time Matty will remember: You can play around with kittens, but they’ll still grow-up to be maneaters, mmmmrow!

http://www.ffmastermind.com/quickbits.php

Matt Millen Out as Lions President & GM

Wed Sep 24, 2008 — Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports the Detroit Lions have removed team president and GM Matt Millen from his post. Millen was informed of the move last night during a late-night high-level meeting. This morning several people within the building confirmed that he had large packing boxes in his office and he made his way around to different employees telling them of the move. It is unclear if Millen was fired or removed himself from the equation but the news comes just days after Bill Ford, Jr. publicly stated he would have fired Millen if it was his decision but he lacked the authority to do so. The Lions have started off horribly and the groundswell for Millen’s demise has once again been strong. Unfortunately, that’s nothing new as there have been events like the Millen Man March, an in-game walkout protest and calls for Millen’s firing for years. The Lions have won only one playoff game and are an NFL-worst 31-84 since Millen took over in 2001. They have also been a model of futility on the road and Millen has gone through three head coaches, none of whom have been able to turn the Lions into a winner.