Lions Ready To Respond

After backup quarterback Jeff Garcia's comments earlier in the week, many questioned whether or not the former Pro Bowler was directing them towards anyone in particular. Comments inside from Lions' QB Joey Harrington, tight end Marcus Pollard and head coach Steve Mariucci.

ALLEN PARK - After backup quarterback Jeff Garcia's comments earlier in the week, many questioned whether or not the former Pro Bowler was directing them towards anyone in particular.

Possibly, starter Joey Harrington, who has caught the brunt of the frustration from fans and media alike after Monday's debacle.

Garcia's comments called out the entire team on Tuesday, leaving out specifics but suggesting 'certain' players needed to lift their game and leadership level.

On Wednesday, Harrington said he understood the comments and concurred.

"I think everybody realizes the importance of playing for your teammates, and that is what people were saying," Harrington said. "When you get in those kinds of games where everything seems to snowball out of control, it is important that you don't lose focus or start pointing fingers. There were a lot of mistakes made in a lot of different areas. The focus of what everybody was saying was: be accountable for your teammates.

"And when you hold up your end of the bargain and you are accountable to everybody else on the team, things will fall into place."

Harrington admitted that there was still a bitter taste in his mouth from Monday's loss. The fourth-year quarterback was rendered ineffective, completing just 9-of-18 passes, but was pressured frequently.

Asked whether or not he could channel that anger into improvement, Harrington was blunt.

"If there was not a little bit of you that was angry after that game, then something is not clicking," said Harrington. "I can guarantee you that everybody in that room was angry, at least in some degree. You can use that to improve yourself this week."

Veteran tight end Marcus Pollard also understood Garcia's statements. Pollard had a rare dropped pass against St. Louis, and with the season fast approaching, felt the team needed to keep its emotions balanced.

"We have to play with more of a sense of urgency and we have to play with more passion," said Pollard, adding that the mood before the contest didn't match the excitement level during. "If we can play with the same intensity and the same passion before the game started throughout the whole game, this team is going to be a pretty good team."

Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci is expecting everyone to step up for Friday's preseason finale at Buffalo -- on both sides of the ball.

"I'm looking for some more precision, real solid communication, alignment, assignment, to be productive and come off the field feeling like we played well together as a unit; as an offensive unit and as a defensive unit," said Mariucci, noting that playing time for each starting group would be limited. "We just need to be more precise at what we're doing, and I'd like to have that show a little bit before we get into the regular season against Green Bay.

"We're going to need to be very good against a team like that."

The Lions will likely play each starting unit sparingly on Friday, a common strategy by many NFL teams that don't want to risk injury to any starter.

Rested on Wednesday with a nagging hamstring injury, Harrington might be held out completely as a precautionary measure.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm (EST).

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