(DETROIT) - Immediately following the Lions horrible 41-9 Thanksgiving Day loss on national television to the Indianapolis Colts, sources tell Lions Insider Mike Fowler that a tense locker room followed with several players extremely upset over the way the contest played out and the continued struggles of the offense.
Lions head coach Steve Mariucci reportedly tried to defuse the tension by speaking at length to the players after the game.
Mariucci was uncharacteristically late coming to his post-game press conference.
Reports of finger pointing have surfaced saying the team was becoming more factionalized with each loss. Some defensive players reportedly are upset at being "hung out to dry" by an offense that is unable to move the ball and yesterday committed back-to-back turnovers forcing the defense to try to deal with a high powered Colts offense with little to no time to rest.
Millen was seen in the locker room meeting with three high profile players, Jeff Backus, Dominic Raiola and Damien Woody. Sources told Lions Insider Mike Fowler that Millen was asking the three to hang in there and take more of a leadership role in an attempt to keep the team together.
The Lions president refused comment when the meeting broke up saying he would "say something he would later regret." The three players were all hand picked by Millen; Backus was Millen's first round draft pick, Raiola a second rounder and Woody his prized free agent acquisition.
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