Pollard Compares Marinelli's Tempo To Colts

Lions' tight end Marcus Pollard and veteran guard Damien Woody relish coach's demanding style.

ALLEN PARK -- As tough as coach Rod Marinelli's regime promises to be, at least two of the Lions veteran players say they don't foresee themselves or their teammates balking at his demands as they progress through the off-season and into training camp.

"Training camp is supposed to be a grind," said guard Damien Woody. "That's when you're supposed to get gristled. That's the time you're supposed to build those calluses so when you come out you're ready for the season to start.

"As far as the tempo, they're trying to make the tempo as fast as possible so when you get in the game, the game is easy. Practice is supposed to be harder than the game; that's the foundation he's trying to lay right now."

Tight end Marcus Pollard said the routine for his position is much tougher under Marinelli and offensive coordinator Mike Martz than it was last season.

"It definitely is (tougher) for me," Pollard said. "I have to run a lot more, I'm learning five new positions and moving all over the place.

"I weigh 250 now," he said, grinning. "I think by the end of the season I'll weigh 225 pounds because I'm having to run a lot more, do a lot more things.

"I like it. That's my game and that's how I played when I was at Indy. To me, it's kind of like a fast-break offense, kind of run-and-gunning. If you can't keep up with our tempo, you're going to be left behind."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Like I've said before, the talent difference in the league is not a big difference. It's just that the teams that win, they're the guys that play the hardest and have the most heart, prepare and practice well. That's the one thing we will do here in Detroit, I already know that. We will practice fast, we will know our assignments and we will be held accountable." -- Cornerback Dre' Bly on the Lions approach under new coach Rod Marinelli.

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