Found January 13, 2012 on
The Lions In Winter:
As we head into the first weekend of the Lions’ offseason, it’s time for the second annual Blue Flame Awards. The inaugural Blue Flame Awards were a success, but I think they can be a lot bigger. I’m going to announce these one at a time, an hour or two apart, updating the post and Tweeting as I go. If you’re not @lionsinwinter on Twitter, now would be a great time to start. The envelope, please . . . Chris Spielman Heart of a Lion Award: Dominic Raiola, C Given to the Lion who most profoundly exudes fire, toughness, and determination to win, Raiola could easily win this every single year. The moment that clinched it was Raiola’s statement in the wake of the Thanksgiving disaster: “Grow the f*** up.” And you know what? They did.
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Today, Lions' General Manager Martin Mayhew announced there would be no changes in the coaching staff for 2012.
Via Dave Birkett of the Freep:
General manager Martin Mayhew said today the Detroit Lions have re-signed all three of their coordinators: Scott Linehan, Gunther Cunningham and Danny Crossman.
Mayhew went on to add:
With Linehan (offense), Cunningham (defense)...
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In addition to announcing that all Lions coordinators have signed contract extensions, G.M. Martin Mayhew has said that the team will try to sign two of its key players to new contracts. According to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com, Mayhew said the team wants to sign receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive end Cliff Avril to new…
Detroit Lions backup quarterback Shaun Hill is an unrestricted free agent, but would consider re-signing to backup Matthew Stafford.
The Lions have far fewer holes in their roster than they did three years ago, when Martin Mayhew took over as general manager and made "best player available" part of the draft lexicon. But don't expect the organization to stray too far from that principle when it reconfigures its roster this off-season.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and special teams coordinator Danny Crossman will be back at their posts for 2012.