Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 1/11/12
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 proven to have an astute footbal...
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