The Lions hired former Broncos general manager Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive. Xanders will assist with pro and college scouting, while Mayhew retains final say over the roster.
“As I indicated following the season, we are re-evaluating all aspects of our football operation,” Mayhew said in a statement. “Brian’s addition, given his diverse background, positively impacts all aspects of our team’s football operations. He brings experience as a general manager and has worked in both pro and college scouting. In addition to his personnel background, he has experience in contract negotiations and expertise in the development and use of technological resources in player personnel. Brian will effectively improve on the structure we have in place and will add another set of eyes to the evaluation process.”
The guy that might have drafted Clay Matthews over Robert Ayers just found a new home in Detroit. Any job is better than no job at all, right? If you don't believe us, just ask Ted Sundquist, who has gone so long without work, he finally gave himself a title: "The Football Educator."
General Manager still sounds better. Perhaps someday.
This does give us a chance to bring out everyone's beloved toy, The Brian Xanders Random Quote Generator. This is our personal favorite:
We are going to have our college scouts start cross-checking the players in February, instead of later in the process in January.
Tear it up in Detroit, X-Man.