Wouldn't Oregon State running back Stephen Jackson look good in the Honolulu and Silver right now. Jackson is the kind of big, physical, speedy back that would be a perfect compliment to a guy like Artose Pinner in permanently solving the Lions running woes.
Detroit needs to get better tackling from their linebacking corps and their safeties. Mariucci said it isn't surprising to him that players aren't as good at basic tackling as they were five years ago.
"Not at all. What happens especially now a days what you're seeing is the art of tackling, it's not a lost art, but its' not quite the same as it was a while back and I'll tell you why. We don't have 120 guys at training camp where you can scrimmage more often and hit and not worry so much about injuries because if somebody gets hurt you just kind of replace them with somebody else or go find somebody else."
"Even at the college level it's not taught as much as it used to be because there's not that much padded practices in the spring. What you get is the professional that's a little bit less prepared to be good at those sort of things. So it has to come over time. It has to come in preseason game and selected practices. You hope you have tough guys that will eventually tackle well, some are better than others as you know. "
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Jason Hanson. While Hanson is really a special teams player, he accounted for all the points for the Lions on Sunday including a 52-yard bomb on a soggy field. A great perfomance by the Lions veteran star.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Dre' Bly. Bly recorded three tackles, two passes deflected and an interception. He continues to lock down on opposing receivers and takes away his portion of the field. Bly will get pro bowl consideration if he continues to play this way.