Lions general manager Martin Mayhew says he expects that he and head coach Jim Schwartz will return to the team next season. Mayhew said yesterday he had conversations with team owner William Clay Ford and vice chairman Bill Ford earlier this week, and there will be a sense of urgency heading into 2013. Detroit was expected to compete for a playoff spot this season, after going 10-and-6 in 2011, but finished 2012 with 8 straight losses and a 4-and-12 record.
And Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced Wednesday that he will retire after the team concludes its playoff run. Lewis suffered a torn right triceps in October and missed the team's last 10 games of the regular season. He’s expected to play Sunday when Baltimore hosts Indianapolis in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs. The 17-year veteran and former Super Bowl MVP is bound for the Hall of Fame after a stellar career as the heart and soul of Baltimore's defense.