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Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew might prefer to be the shadowy figure of the franchise's management team, but he won't be able to be the man behind the curtain anymore.
With Matthew Stafford thoroughly entrenched as the Lions' quarterback for the next dozen or so years, Mayhew and Co. can now settle into putting the finishing touches on a Lions team that appears ready to leap into the upper echelon of the NFL.
This won't be an easy task. In fact, we'll soon get a much clearer picture if Mayhew is really the visionary that this franchise has lacked over the past several decades.
Until now, Mayhew has had a difficult job, but not as tough as you might think. As one of Matt Millen's original hires, Mayhew has been part of Lions brass for more than a decade.
When he was given the opportunity to lead, the team was on its way to an astounding 0-16 record, the lowest point in franchise history.
Since Mayhew took over the GM's chair, he has prov...
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After the anguish of being eliminated from the playoffs passed and I had time to really think about the 2011 Detroit Lions, my mood lightened. Yes, the team was ousted by a wide margin in New Orleans and the game was tough to stomach for Lions fans, but hope remains.
The Lions had a special year, headlined by Matthew Stafford putting together the least heralded 5,000 yard passing...
Lions GM Martin Mayhew might prefer to be the shadowy figure of Detroits management team, but he won't be able to be the man behind the curtain anymore.
With Matthew Stafford thoroughly entrenched as the Lions' quarterback for the next dozen or so years, Mayhew and Co. can now settle into putting the finishing touches on a Lions team that appears ready to leap into the upper...
How would you caption this photo of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees after the Lions lost their first-round playoff game Saturday? E-mail your best ideas to email@example.com by 2 p.m. Thursday. We'll publish the best captions online and in print Sunday.
You could tell, right from the first week of the preseason, that this would be a different kind of year for the Detroit Lions.
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Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson mostly embarrassed the Saints' defensive backfield and there's really no other way to put it. Those two have done that to numerous opponents this year and I don't know how much shame you can put on this because Megatron is clearly almost impossible to stop. Still, the defense was shredded and they did not perform well. They could have...
Roar of the Lions hosts the Lions Congregation, a weekly roundtable featuring those of us in the Lions blogosphere answering questions supplied by both Joshua (aka DetFan1979) and readers of the congregation. If all goes well, the Q & A goes live every Friday evening. I'll post a link to this week's post when it goes live.
This week: Post playoff thoughts
Today, we say goodbye to the 2011/2012 Detroit Lions, a team that inspired, enraged, and thrilled us.
It may have taken a year or two longer than we anticipated, but the Lions finally rose from the NFL's junk heap this season. The pieces had been in place, but it wasn't until now that they finally came together.
The Lions became a team to be feared, and not necessarily liked...