- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HE SAID WHAT?

“We’re going to get better in a lot of areas.” - New Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew on the prospects for the franchise

NEWSMAKERS ” WHO’S MAKING HEADLINES THIS WEEK

DETROIT LIONS

They’ve set the benchmark for bad with the unprecedented 0-16 season. They should have retired Matt Millen’s mustache after the game.

BRETT FAVRE

Will he stay or will he go? Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Already gone: his coach. Next up? Maybe the GM who brought him in.

BILL COWHER

His agent’s cell phone must be blowing up with so many opportunities out there. It’ll take more than money; Coach Chin also needs power.

MATT RYAN

Mike Vick’s dogs are on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but Ryan gets the real headlines: leading the Falcons to the playoffs and taking rookie honors.

JOE PATERNO

His Nittany Lions play in the most interesting game of the week, facing USC in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

TWT FIVE ” TACKLES IN 2009 DRAFT

With the 13th pick in the NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins will select an offensive tackle - mark it down. Here are the best of the bunch:

1. Andre Smith, Alabama - Already off the team, massive Outland winner can focus on draft preparation.

2. Eugene Monroe, Virginia - He’ll give the Cavaliers yet another high first-round pick.

3. Michael Oher, Mississippi - He was made famous last year by Michael Lewis book.

4. Jason Smith, Baylor - This guy’s a bit leaner than his counterparts.

5. Eben Britton, Arizona - All-Pac 10 pick hasn’t made up his mind on whether to enter draft.

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