What can Jauron do in five weeks?

``We are not going to install much here in a five-week period. We can lean in one direction or another for what is already in, but in a five-week season, which is essentially what we are looking at, you are not going to significantly change anything and hope that they can function.--Lions head coach Dick Jauron on trying to get away from the West Coast offense

ALLEN PARK - Dick Jauron has likely heard or read all the comments from the Lions players; they have no faith in the offensive system.

Jauron, though, has already admitted there was little he could do to change the playbook.

``We are not going to install much here in a five-week period," he said during Monday's press conference. "We can lean in one direction or another for what is already in, but in a five-week season, which is essentially what we are looking at, you are not going to significantly change anything and hope that they can function. Our practice time is limited, so that is where we are."

However, there are some thing that he can do immediately to change the culture and engender player support for a Jauron led team in 2006.

6. Get Charles Rogers and Mike Williams into the game. Forget the talk (although its probably correct) that Rogers doesn't figure into Detroit's future plans. Rogers has talent and letting that talent go elsewhere doesn't make much sense.

Give Rogers a shot at redemption over the last five games by making him the feature "Z" receiver in combination with Roy Williams. Use Mike Williams as the "Y" in place of Pollard, he's plenty big enough. Be innovative with these three talents in an attempt to engage and energize them.

5. Elevate Jason Randall from the practice squad. Marcus Pollard has dropped enough balls that its easy to see why Indianapolis decided to let him walk as a free agent. Casey Fitzsimmons has sure hands, but isn't the blocking force needed in a true two-tight end set. 6-foot-5, 260-pound Jason Randall is big enough and agile enough to hold his own against opposing defensive ends. With a youth movement in place, Randall deserves a shot to see if he can be the true tight end Detroit is missing.

4. Start Dan Orlovsky. By now, Detroit has decided what its going to do with Joey Harrington, keep him or cut him. Jeff Garcia, despite an early dose of inspiration, doesn't have anything left in the tank. Orlovsky played well in mop up duty on Thanksgiving Day and with the playoffs out of the picture, it's time to see if he can be a Ben Roethlisberger or Tom Brady or if he just another run of the mill sixth-round backup.

3. Give the football to Kevin Jones. Mariucci's decision to split reps with Shawn Bryson and Artose Pinner bordered on silly down the stretch and played a large part in his firing. Everyone knows Jones is a true bellcow who need 20 carries minimum to get going. With Greg Olson calling the plays and Jauron the head man, look for Jones to get those 20 plus carries with Bryson playing some at fullback to get the passes out of the backfield and as a specialty third down back. Artose Pinner will likely be relegated to a lesser role as a true backup.

2. Fix the special teams. Has Chuck Priefer lost his touch? Detroit's special teams have added little to the team, save for Nick Harris' improved touch at downing the ball inside the opponents 20-yard line. Eddie Drummond has been able to get untracked all season and the coverage units routinely allow good field position for opponents. You can't play small ball with poor special teams.

1. Above all, fix the offensive line. Offensive line coach Pat Morris was released along with tight ends coach Andy Sugarman. That means there is a change of philosophy from the zone blocking schemes that failed before under Bobby Ross and now under Mariucci. With Sean Kugler, a former collegiate offensive line coach taking over, the Lions shouldn't hesitate to call on former head coach and offensive line guru Monte Clark's assistance to get this unit, which has stalled both the pass and run game, in gear.

Overall. The talent the Lions have in place in still here. If Jauron can just get the Lions running game going the way it did a season ago, the Lions could win enough of these last five games to give Jauron a chance at the permanent job. A former Lions player as the head coach? Doesn't that just feel right?


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