Lions Change Den: New G.M Martin Mayhew Seperates Himself from Matt Millen

Jason GruchalaContributor IFebruary 5, 2009

New Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has started to separate himself from his predecessor, the much-maligned Matt Millen.

When Owner William Clay Ford Sr. announced that interim president Tom Lewand and Mayhew would continue in their roles, many in Detroit weren't ecstatic. Since the announcement, the Lions have fired their coach, hired a new one, brought in two experienced coordinators and begun to overhaul their roster.

It's safe to say the Lions haven't had a better set of coordinators in its team history. Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham brings experience that former coordinator Joe Barry didn't have. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan brings a track record that Jim Colleto wishes he had.

On the field, Mayhew has begun to inform players that they will be let go. Thus far, only Mike Furrey and Leigh Bodden have come public with their dismissal. Two seasons ago, Furrey led the NFC in receptions,second in the NFL and was rewarded with a three-year contract.

Bodden was acquired from the Cleveland Browns, along with a third-round pick for Pro Bowl DT Shaun Rogers last off-season.

Both players voiced their frustration with the organization last season, Bodden because he had to fight for his starting position and Furrey because he didn't feel the new offense fit the Lions talent.