Mariucci, Lions Play Clean-up on Tuesday

After Monday night's awful hangover, the Detroit Lions went right back to work on Tuesday. That process included much of the following: identifying mistakes, correcting mistakes, and repeating. Fortunately, the team had plenty of material to work with. Quotes and more inside from Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci.

ALLEN PARK - After Monday night's awful hangover, the Detroit Lions went right back to work on Tuesday. That process included much of the following: identifying mistakes, correcting mistakes, and repeating. Fortunately, the team had plenty of material to work with.

The Lions were forced to rehash -- several times -- their nationally humiliating, mistake-laden 37-13 loss to St. Louis.

"We went through the film with a fine-toothed comb and made some corrections," said Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci. "You learn from doing well and you learn from your mistakes, obviously.

"We went on the field and physically, not just in the classroom, went through our corrections, what we need to do better and differently. We got some things done."

Citing that it is still the preseason, Mariucci said he was understanding of some of the mistakes, including the team's 13 penalties. But, he warned, he would not accept any duplicate performances.

"We are all going to make mistakes, but as a professional, you make them just once," he said. "You get it fixed, corrected and coached up and it doesn't happen again. Those are the things that we are about right now. God knows that we've made some mistakes that we have to correct and we have a little time to get those things fixed and ready to go."

It wasn't difficult to diagnose Detroit's most glaring concern: the offensive line. Lions' quarterback Joey Harrington never had a capable pocket, and even absorbed a shocking rib shot while attempting to complete a simple checkdown. It didn't get much better when backup Jeff Garcia relieved Harrington early in the 3rd quarter.

The poor play up front didn't go unnoticed by anyone -- let alone Mariucci.

"I think our offensive line is better than they've been and I think it's better than we've shown," defended Mariucci. "I want to stand here someday soon and tell you that I told you so. We're going to show it. We need to do that and it's time to do that."

While the team prepares for Friday's exhibition final at Buffalo, it would seem the Lions are running out of time for the September 11 season opener against Green Bay. With only three major practice days remaining, Mariucci was confident the team could correct its shortcomings with time to spare.

"We've begun our work for Green Bay; I'm sure they've begun their work on us too," he said. "We have almost two weeks to get that done properly. That's what we are going to be doing tonight and tomorrow.

"We'll have a couple of pretty good practices this week; we'll have a bonus practice on Monday; we'll have a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday practice session the week of the game -- we have a lot of good time."

Despite not accomplishing much on Monday, Detroit will only play its starting units a series or two on Friday against the Bills. Kick-off is slated for 7:00 PM (EST).

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