Blogger Blitz: Speak up, Martin Mayhew
May, 30, 2012
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
I was disappointed that Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew didn't stand next to coach Jim Schwartz this week and respond to questions about the team's series of offseason incidents with its 2011 draft class.
There is a level of public accountability that a general manager must accept when players he drafted run into trouble. But more important, Mayhew's absence continued to shift public perception onto Schwartz for what is an organizational problem.
It was Mayhew, not Schwartz, who made the final decision to draft Nick Fairley, Titus Young, Mikel Leshoure and Johnny Culbreath. I'm not sure if anyone deserves substantial blame or criticism for what's happened, but I do think it's unfair that Mayhew has left Schwartz to answer for all of it. So goes this week's Blogger Blitz.