Bryant might be prepared for Camp Marinelli

Playing under a coach as demanding as Rod Marinelli will be a new experience for most of the Lions players but veteran cornerback Fernando Bryant has a pretty good idea what to expect. Bryant spent his first five years under former Jaguars' coach and taskmaster Tom Coughlin.

ALLEN PARK -- Playing under a coach as demanding as Rod Marinelli will be a new experience for most of the Lions players but cornerback Fernando Bryant has a pretty good idea what to expect.

Bryant played his first five NFL seasons at Jacksonville under Tom Coughlin, who was considered a taskmaster during his early seasons with the Jaguars.

As tough as Coughlin was, Bryant says he believes Marinelli's staff, which includes defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, will be even tougher.

"I'd say this coaching staff (is tougher) just because of the added presence of Donnie, having been a defensive backs coach and knowing what to expect, knowing the relationship I have with him and the expectations he has with me," Bryant said.

"Coughlin was more of an offensive guy; he was with Mark Brunell and he was more of an offensive (coach). He looked at the defense but yet he didn't. At that point in time, I had Dom Capers (as a defensive coordinator).

"Here, when your head coach is a defensive coach and your defensive coordinator was a secondary coach just two years ago, it put more emphasis on the secondary."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Donnie worked me out when I was coming out of college. He told me I look like my old self again, I'm looking like I'm having fun again, I'm running better, I'm understanding the scheme better and I'm reacting like when I was healthy. Everything is getting back to where it should be." -- Cornerback Fernando Bryant on defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson's expectations for him after missing most of the past two seasons with injuries.


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