ALLEN PARK -- During his days in St. Louis, Lions' offensive coordinator Mike Martz earned the nickname the "Mad Scientist." And if you read any recent articles on Martz's alleged "fit" several days ago, the title might fit the culprit.
If there was ever a fit to begin with.
During Friday's post rookie mini-camp press briefing, Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli called out the Booth Newspaper report, referring to it as a complete fabrication.
"I saw it. I guess a source close to the building said he saw him stomp out. That was a lie. Tuesday he went out and looked for a home with his wife. I knew where he was at," explained Marinelli. "I don't know why somebody would write something like that. I don't know who the source is -- but I'm the source (you should listen to). Just like we have had other coaches who have had to go out and look for homes during the afternoons sometimes. I had two or three guys go in the afternoon; another guy did it in the morning. They left the building during their work time to maybe sign for a home or whatever.
"That's all it was."
Added Marinelli, "I don't know who the source is - I wish the source would come and talk to me. That source is lying."
Although Marinelli didn't comment on the penalty handed down from the NFL's management council, a violation that stemmed from a team over-scheduling error, there is a thought process that has been gaining popularity since the NFL Player's Association announced the fine.
RoarReport.com has learned that the Lions penalty (losing two Off-season Training Activity session -- essentially a two-day paid vacation for the veterans) -- was because Martz called the players back onto the field during the team's mini-camp two weekends ago after he was unhappy with a session. Once players are in the locker room, they cannot be subject to another practice, thus violating the collective bargaining agreement between teams and players.
If it seemed that Martz left the Lions facilities on Tuesday unhappy, or at least a tad miffed, it was because he was had just been informed of the 'slap on the wrist' that was handed down -- a 'slap' that he was ultimately responsible for.
In the meantime, the Lions, spearheaded by Marinelli, Martz and defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, will continue with their "business as usual" approach to the remainder of the off-season