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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.

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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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Topics: Detroit Lions, Martin Mayhew, Playoffs

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