LIONS INSIDER

Lewand says Lions aren't wavering from organizational plan

Posted Nov 29, 2012

The Lions may not be living up to expectations, but Lions president Tom Lewand isn't about to abandon the building process that turned a 0-16 team in to a playoff team last year.

"Clearly, there's a level of disappointment being 4-7," Lewand said at the Lions recent Courage House Dinner at Ford Field. "Nobody in the organization wants to be 4-7. But the fundamental characteristics of this organization, the young talent that we have, the confidence that we have in our coaching staff, in the personnel department and how we function as an organization hasn't wavered in the least."

The Lions have a lot of decisions to make this offseason, though.

Defensive starters Cliff Avril, Corey Williams, DeAndre Levy, Justin Durant, Louis Delmas, Erik Coleman, Chris Houston, and Jacob Lacey are all free agents. As is right tackle Gosder Cherilus on offense.

Who stays and who goes and what this roster looks like come next August will depend a lot on these next five games.

The Lions have a chance to make a run at the postseason and then they'll turn the focus on how they continue to grow and reach the vision they had for this organization when Lewand, general manager Martin Mayhew and head coach Jim Schwartz all came together in 2009.

"We know that this is a very, very tough business," Lewand said. "It's incredibly competitive. There's a reason that they call it a game of inches and that things can happen on any given Sunday, and we need to work that much harder to make sure that things go our way on any given Sunday and make sure that we make those one or two or three plays that make the difference in the outcome of the game."