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Thursday, January 3, 2013
BBAO: Martin Mayhew's 'biggest mistake'

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

You can go ahead and put running back near the top of the Detroit Lions' offseason shopping list. Again.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew gave a candid interview Wednesday night to local reporters, admitting that "the biggest mistake I made last year" was counting on Jahvid Best to return from a concussion suffered in October 2011. Mayhew said that "I'm not at all inclined to rely on his return at this point" and added he should have had an alternate plan to provide a running back of Best's skill set in 2012. Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press has the full story.

Mayhew did claim that Best is the first player in NFL history (that he is aware of) "who was asymptomatic that wanted to play that wasn't allowed to play," implying doctors have held him to a new standard.

I applaud Mayhew's honesty, but we should point out that doctors aren't at fault here. No matter what their approach was, Mayhew's job as general manager is to plan for the worst-case scenario. He fell short.

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