Detroit Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew, who lives by the Teddy Roosevelt credo of speaking softly but carrying a big stick, spoke to the media last week. Mayhew is almost as hard to get an interview with as Bigfoot. Has there ever been a General Manager in this town more reclusive than Mayhew?
Now that the offseason is upon us, except for the Super Bowl, it’s Mayhew’s time to shine. Mayhew, who has done an incredible job in the three short years since he replaced THE WORST GENERAL MANAGER IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS, shared some of his thoughts on the Lions and how their season ended.
I personally had underrated the job that Nate Burleson had done this year but that’s not the case with Martin Mayhew. “Nate had 73 catches this year, a career high for him. So he was very productive for us,” said Mayhew. “He’s a really good solid move-the-chains type of guy. Great after the catch. He’s been a great pick up for us,” Mayhew added.
Mayhew also gave his thoughts on offensive lineman Jason Fox, who has only played very sparingly. “Every time he’s been healthy, we’ve been very happy with what we’ve see from him. But I think for an offensive lineman is this league, you have to be a guy that can get out there and play 16 games. It’s 2 years in a row now that he hasn’t done that. So this is a critical year for him.”
This is a huge problem for the Leo’s. They desperately want to know if they have Jeff Backus’s future replacement.
Mayhew, who spent his playing days as a defensive back, spoke about the development of Amari Spievey and the other safeties not named Louis Delmas.
“Our safety position issue is sort of like our quarterback position was in 2010. We had Erik Coleman, who we felt good about in the 3rd safety spot. He went down against Dallas. We went and signed Vince Fuller, who we felt good about also in the third safety spot, who has sort of the skill set we like in out safeties. He went down after one game.”
Mayhew went on about Amari Spievey, “I though this year he seemed to sort of wear down as the season went on. He seemed to start better than he finished. He had a knee injury that he played through. The thing with Amari is that you can’t forget is this guy was a corner, this guy moved to safety last year after he got here. Second year playing safety, He’s a 2nd year player. I think he’s still developing.”
I always used to wonder in the past if the Lions were going to make the right moves in the offseason to make the team better. I don’t even give it a second thought anymore. In Mayhew we trust.