Quarterback Joey Harrington's rookie season wasn't a thing of beauty but the Lions are hoping it has given him the foundation he needs for a better 2003 season.
"Last year, as much as I tried, I wasn't always prepared to put the team in the best situations," he said. "That's the job of the quarterback -- to put the team in the position to be successful. I feel like right now I'm a lot more prepared to do that."
Harrington tossed for 2,294 yards in 2002, completing 215 of 429 passes for 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He became the first Lions' rookie quarterback to throw for over 300 yards, putting up 309 on Minnesota last October.
Last year's number three overall pick said he didn't have a problem with his first and second reads, but when the defenses threw new looks at him he admitted he was sometimes lost looking for a third or fourth receiver.
The other adjustment Harrington had to make as a rookie NFL starter was the length of the season.
"You get to week seven in the NFL and, all of a sudden, you've played a full college season. You still have a half season left to go. It's a long haul."