Recently I was able to interview embattled Detroit GM Martin Mayhew. Here’s what he had to say.
Me: Thanks for meeting with me.
Martin: Always happy to talk with Lions fans and explain some of our baffling decisions.
Me: Good hire with Jim Caldwell.
Martin: Thanks, Tony Dungy recommended him highly.
Me: You didn’t vet him yourself?
Martin: Well, there’s only so much you can learn from a person’s track record when they got to coach Peyton Manning.
Me: You could learn that when he wasn’t coaching Manning his team earned the No. 1 overall pick.
Martin: Yeah, but that team Bill Polian put together wasn’t much without Peyton. Hardly his fault.
Me: Kind of like your team without Megatron.
Me: Calvin Johnson.
Martin: I know who you’re referring to.
Me: Oh, I thought the other part was obvious. You were humiliated in the two games last year where he didn’t play.
Martin: One of those games was close.
Me: It was against the Vikings.
Martin: Any given Sunday.
Me: Without Adrian Peterson.
Martin: There’s no such thing as an easy NFL game.
Me: A day before they fired everybody.
Martin: I know who the Vikings are.
Me: Sorry, didn’t mean to digress. Who drafted Megatron by the way?
Martin: We did.
Me: You mean Matt Millen.
Martin: It was a group decision. Millen wanted Jamarcus but he was already gone.
Me: That’s a good response. I’d go with that next year when you’re interviewing with the Dolphins. Okay, so I read a piece on MLive recently where you say Matthew Stafford was the problem.
Martin: Not exactly. Just that he needs to be better.
Me: You said, and I quote, “There has to be some work done.” I take it you’re not a Harry Truman fan.
Martin: We always want to get better. There’s always more work to do.
Me: And then you say, “But it’s not all on Matthew. There are a lot of moving pieces in that. I’ve been in contact with him several times since the end of the season and he seems pretty confident to me.” As a Lions fan, it’s a relief to know it’s not all on our franchise quarterback who threw for 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns at the age of 23.