Lions WILL run the football says Mariucci

Steve Mariucci is promising that his team will improve in one area; running the football. He will stress personal accountability to each player in the offensive unit.

(ALLEN PARK) - A day after Sunday's 31-6 debacle in Green Bay, the tape of the game didn't look any better and there still weren't very many positives in his team's play.

But coach Steve Mariucci is promising that his team will improve in one area; running the football. He will stress personal accountability to each player in the offensive unit.

"The first thing I'm going to do when I say goodbye to you guys is to take our team through every running play. Every running play with everybody on the offense. We will answer that question within that group and they will come away saying 'it's a little bit of this, it's a little bit of that, it's him, it's me, it's scheme, it's everything."

"I [have] in my coaching career have been adamant about being able to run the football and that's never going to change. And so we're going to find a way. If we have to have to have 9-on-7 [drills] until midnight, we're going to find a way to run the football."

Offensive guard Ray Brown's post game remarks in Green Bay were particularly telling. Brown, an 18-year veteran said that when Detroit looks at the film they need to find out why guys were unable to carry out their responsibilities on certain running plays.

Brown plays between center Dominic Raiola and tackle Stockar McDougle. Those are the two players that he would most likely see breaking down in their responsibilities along with tight end Mikhael Ricks.

Mariucci said that he has a better handle on how to play each one of his three running backs, Shawn Bryson, Avon Cobourne and Olandis Gary going into game three of the regular season against the Minnesota Vikings.

Detroit is last in the NFC in rushing (122 total rushing yards on 40 carries average 3.1) and 31st overall. Only the New York Jets (78 yards on 33 carries) are worse.

"I think it's becoming a little more clearer how we want to play these guys, but we do not have a feature tailback at this point," Mariucci admitted.

"We haven't decided or determined who that will be. But we have a better idea of how we want to play these guys in what situations and what personnel groups, yes. But we're going to continue to rotate them a little bit and find out who the best guy is for each situation."


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