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“It’ll probably be the most challenging offseason so far because of where we are as a football team,” Mayhew told reporters Thursday, less than a week after Detroit’s season ended with a loss at New Orleans in an NFC wild-card game.

The 1991 Dallas Cowboys were a young team still learning how to win big games when they visited the Detroit Lions in an NFC Divisional playoff game.

The Cowboys were thrashed 38-6, but the loss illuminated the team’s main problem area to then-coach Jimmy Johnson: a shaky pass defense.

After the dust had settled and the sting of the 45-28 thumping in New Orleans had, if not completely subsided, at least found some cushion in the accomplishments of the long season, the Lions knew where they stood.

With the 2011 season in the rearview mirror for many teams, it’s time for’s annual “Exit Interviews,” a chance to review the ups and downs of each team’s past season and spin it forward.

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