Found July 30, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew knows the pressure is on to win now. But he insists its nothing new, not in his profession. I think what happens is, the heat on the seat kind of varies from week to week, Mayhew poetically said Tuesday, in a rare interview session with the media. The guys whose seats are real cool right now, theyre going to be hot come January. Well see what happens. Thirty-two GMs, 32 head coaches. Theres an expectation that we have success here. Thats across the board everywhere in the National Football League. Im certainly going to work as hard as I can to keep my seat cool. Its no secret that Jim Schwartz, coming off a 4-12 record in 2012, is one of the coaches believed to be on the hot seat entering the new season. Mayhew probably has a little more security than Schwartz, but the heat is on him, too, to make certain that hes putting together a playoff-contending roster. I have no predictions on playoffs, no predictions on number of wins, Mayhew said. Im going to be focused, really, on us getting better every single day. Every day of training camp, just getting a little bit better. Trying to get better talent. Were still looking at players that are out there. Were still trying to acquire some players. We want to just keep constantly improving. I think all of that will take care of itself. Mayhew had to rework a significant portion of the roster because the club had so many free agents and some major holes to fill. The Lions added veterans such as running back Reggie Bush, safety Glover Quin and defensive ends Jason Jones and Israel Idonije, and drafted four potential starters in defensive end Ezekiel Ziggy Ansah (No. 5 overall), cornerback Darius Slay (second round), offensive guard Larry Warford (third round) and punter Sam Martin (fifth round). I like our group, Mayhew said. I think its probably safe to say its the most athletic, fastest team that weve had (since he joined the club in 2001). Obviously, there were some places where we were more experienced last year than we are right now. We had more continuity and experience on the offensive line last year. Secondary-wise, we have a lot of new faces. Theres a lot of learning how to play together that the guys in the secondary have to do. But I like our talent level. MORE MAYHEW QUOTES On the possibility of still adding a veteran offensive tackle: Weve got some guys that weve been training (Riley Reiff, Corey Hilliard, Jason Fox, etc.), weve been working in our system for a long time. We feel very comfortable with the tackle. Were going to play with those guys. ... On Youtube kicking sensation Havard Kickalicious Rugland: Hes done an impressive job. I dont want to get our ahead of ourselves. Hes never played in the National Football League. He hasnt even played a preseason game. I'd like to see him do that before we start making judgment on him. ... On safety Louis Delmas health: I think hes on track to be ready for the season. I talked to Louis about making sure that everything he does during training camp is geared toward being ready for that Minnesota game (regular-season opener). Once we get to that game, well take it week by week. Thats the track hes on and hes making progress. ... On releasing running back Jahvid Best: I dont know what his future holds (because of concussion issues). It just got to a point where it was a virtual certainty that he was not going to play for us this season. At that point, in terms of where we are with salary cap and our roster, we didnt have much of a choice.
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