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Lions Plan to Keep Mayhew, Lewand

Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford said in a written statement released after today's loss to the New Orleans Saints that he expects to retain chief operating officer Tom Lewand and General Manager Martin Mayhew.

Ford indicated in the statement that decisions about the team's coaching staff will be made after the season. That leaves open the possibility that Coach Rod Marinelli could be dismissed.

Ford told the Booth Newspapers prior to the game that he will hire another executive in the football operations department but he's not certain how the responsibilities will be divided.

"I hope when this whole process is over with that we've got an organization that can build a winning team," Ford said in the pregame interview. "The fans have been great and they deserve winners. We're all frustrated. We want to win, too. I hope this is the end product."

It's also unclear if Lewand and Mayhew will retain their current job titles if they remain with the organization. Ford indicated that he would like the two to assist him in hiring the new executive.

The Lions are one loss from becoming the first NFL team ever to go winless in a 16-game season.

Mayhew was elevated from assistant GM to general manager when Matt Millen was ousted earlier this season, and Lewand was given expended duties.

By Mark Maske  |  December 21, 2008; 6:45 PM ET  | Category:  Lions Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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