A bit of an suprise to most in this area. http://detroitlions.com/news/index.c...ook_module.cfm As year 2002 drew near to a close Tuesday, it was a chance to look forward to 2003 and new beginnings. The Detroit Lions also looked forward to the new start, and they will hopefully see happy returns as well. That is because team President and CEO Matt Millen ended speculation regarding both his and Marty Mornhinweg's future in Detroit. Millen said he will remain with the team and Mornhinweg, who has compiled a 5-27 record in two seasons as the Lions head coach, will return as well. "After speaking with Mr. Ford the last few days, we will make no changes," Millen said during a press conference Tuesday. "I will be here and Marty Mornhinweg will be here and we will continue to work toward what we have been doing." Millen made the decision after speaking with team owner and chairman William Clay Ford over the two days since the Lions 38-36 loss to Minnesota in the season finale. Ford told reporters prior to the game against Tampa Bay on December 15 that he would evaluate both Millen and Mornhinweg following the season. "I know it looked ugly," Millen said. "I know the results aren't what we wanted. I understand all of those things. I know there have been only five wins in two years and that is ugly—it is worse than that. There are a lot of reasons for that. Some of them are controllable and some of them are not controllable. But I think we fight it and move forward. Of course, you have to get some players and do things better." Despite ending the season with an eight-game losing skid, Millen defended Mornhinweg and affirmed his belief that Mornhinweg is the man to do the job. "Marty has done some good things," Millen said. "Marty has been positive and this team has not quit. They have always kept on from the beginning and fought through everything. A couple of things have gone against him—obvious things like injuries and attrition for variety of reasons. But I also believe that he has been working with a new lineup. We have to be careful with that because it sounds like excuses and I hate excuses. "But he is still a bright guy and we move forward with him." The next objective on the Lions agenda is to begin preparations for the 2003 NFL Draft. The team currently holds the No. 2-overall pick in the annual April draft, work begins later this month with the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Mornhinweg and his staff will coach the annual bowl game featuring some of the nation's top collegiate senior who are elgible for the draft. The Lions were selected to coach the team thanks to a change by the NFL. Previously, the two teams in each conference with the best records who did not make the playoffs were invited to coach the squads. This season, the invitations went to the teams with the fewest victories. Millen said having the Lions coaches work at the Senior Bowl is a plus. "It will be a big advantage for us," Millen said. One of Millen's immediate tasks is to replace fill the vacant Director of Player Personnel position. The Lions terminated Bill Tobin, who held the position the last two years, last Friday. "We want to get that taken care of as quickly as possible," Millen said.