Thursday, March 24, 2005

OFFENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS:

- from FOXSports.com

Mariucci has said there will be a 25 percent change to the offensive playbook, but it's not likely to be anywhere near that high. President Matt Millen insisted on some changes, but Mariucci is a strong believer in his West Coast system and he isn't likely to make wholesale changes. With the addition of new coordinator Ted Tollner, Mariucci will do some significant tweaking by adding more no-huddle because Joey Harrington is more comfortable with it. The Lions will also try to be less predictable by adding different formations and doing more shifting and motion, but it won't be a "new" offense.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

ABC Broadcasts

ABC will be broadcasting preseason football this year, taking over for some “Monday Night Football” audiences. August 29th will mark the first “Monday Night Football” game ABC has aired of the Detroit Lions in preseason.

This is just the base of the cake. In this inaugural show, ABC is making a base attempt to show off Ford Field, which will be the location of Super Bowl XL. This Super Bowl will also be aired on ABC.

The first game of their preseason will be against the St. Louis Rams. It’s a great time to show off the teams new skills in the public frame.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Garcia and the Lions

Just recently, Jeff Garcia signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions for a backup Quarterback position. At 35, Garcia is still a very resilient and resourceful player. He stills maintains the youthful exuberance of a draft pick with the skill of a player who has rocked the field for some years.

"Jeff said (recently), "There's some things I want to get better at and Steve would say (then), 'How can I get better?'...'What do I need to work on?' (Garcia) is the same...He's not looking to slow down. He's looking to get better at certain things and improve his game; and you've got to appreciate that about a guy."
- Lions head coach Steve Mariucci

Garcia spent his last year with the Cleveland Browns and the five years before that with the San Francisco 49ers. During this time he amalgamated 18,139 passing yards and 123 touchdowns.

Go LIONS!

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Kennedy and Pollard

- from the official site of the Detroit Lions

The safety hails from Texas and played his collegiate football at the University of Arkansas. The tight end is an Alabama native and spent his collegiate years at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.

The safety's NFL upbringing occurred in the rugged AFC West division with the Denver Broncos -- while sometimes playing home games amidst blizzard-like conditions. The tight end fulfilled his NFL dreams with the pass-oriented, quick-strike Indianapolis Colts -- who enjoy a home-field advantage in the climate-controlled RCA Dome.

And the safety is 27; whereas the tight end turned 33 last month.

On the surface, Kenoy Kennedy and Marcus Pollard have led vastly different lives, within the same sporting occupation. But a closer look reveals the two playmakers -- who both signed with the Detroit Lions Monday as free agents.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Time to play ‘Free Agency’

Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci is looking forward to the opening of free agency. It’s time to open the gates of wheeling and dealing and Mariucci plans just that. On this upcoming Wednesday, Mariucci breaks open his doors to face-to-face interviews with different players.

"As a coach, you'd like to get some things settled as quickly as you can."
- Steve Mariucci

Detroit scouts and coaches are also heading to the University of Miami for “Pro Day” in order to view other prospects. So, the Lions are keeping the gates of possibility open. Either way, they plan to sign some people.

In other words, Mariucci says "we don't feel like we're going to get left out. We feel as if we will sign somebody."