ALLEN PARK - It seems that the fans and media aren't the only ones to fall hard for the simple charm of the singlularly focused Rod Marinelli.
Lions president Matt Millen admitted that his approach in the past has been to go after the most talented player, but that the team would alter its approach in the 2006 NFL draft.
"I would say the emphasis is the strength of this guy (Marinelli) over here. Because were going to get the talent, that part is going to be there. But what we're going to look for and really hone in on are the non talent issues. Is that a departure? I don't believe it's a departure but it's an emphasis. I think that's something maybe I've neglected (in the past) and I'm not going to (anymore)."
Millen said the team's War Room structure would be the same as before because he values the input from the scouting staff and the head coach.
"It's been exactly the same. I'm a big believer in everybody having their opinion and everybody having their input. And we've done that. When there's a difference of opinion, let's hash it out and get it done now. I thought Scott McEwan and the scouts did a real good job of presenting. I thought the coaching staff did a great job. I thought we did a good job of blending schematics and personnel."
Millen even hinted that he would hesitate to overrule his head coach on draft picks like he has done with both Marty Mornhinweg and Steve Mariucci.
"Well, I don't remember overruling a head coach," said Millen but when reminded about the move not to select Kellen Winslow, Jr. when he was on the board (Detroit traded down), Millen replied with tongue in cheek "that was a logical choice."
"I think the whole key is to be on the same page, I don't think that'll be a problem," said Millen. Added Marinelli: "We've been on the same page, we're looking for the same guy."