ALLEN PARK -- The goal is not to be good next year or the year after. Rod Marinelli's goal for the Lions is to be good now.
And, now that they have their first win of the season -- giving them a modest 1-5 record -- Marinelli says he sees no reason they can't achieve that goal.
"Overall, it's a team I've said week in and week out: I really like the team," Marinelli said Monday in the extremely brief afterglow of the Lions' 20-17 victory over the Bills. "It's going to be a good team this year.
"We've got to constantly push on the fundamentals. Our discipline has got to continue to get better, it's just something I've got to get back on. This week, again, (we) just defined discipline, show it on the tape, make sure we improve in those areas.
"We take this last performance and we just put it over here," he said, gesturing as if to set the Buffalo win aside, "and now we've got to go -- really start improving. Offer no excuses and we've just got to keep going."
The Lions' next test will come against the Jets, a 3-3 team that has given up nearly as many points (149) as have the Lions (158) but one that will have the advantage of playing at home Sunday in the Meadowlands.
A win against the Jets would send the Lions into the bye week with a 2-5 record, an unlikely place from which to start a push for respectability, but don't tell Marinelli it's not possible. He is not thinking about possibilities, he's thinking only about getting back to work, making the necessary corrections from the Bills game and then pushing forward.
Marinelli preached discipline hard last week, saw some improvement and is back in the pulpit again this week talking about the need to maintain gap responsibility, zone coverages and personal responsibilities.
"I try to make it that simple," Marinelli said. "I put it now on the coaches ... that's our responsibility first. Instill the discipline that I want. So I go right back to it again when it's not happening. Show them, clean it up and show the expectations that I want. And they are doing that; that's why I believe we're going to be a good team."
--LB Ernie Sims had his left arm in a sling Monday, the result of an elbow
injury he suffered in the Lions' 20-17 victory over the Bills. Sims said that
initial indications from X-rays are that the injury is not serious.
--RB Kevin Jones, who rushed for 127 yards on 23 carries in the Lions' 20-17 win against Buffalo, suffered a hip pointer in the second half of the game. He was able to finish the game. Jones said he expects more discomfort this week, but he is hoping to play Sunday against the Jets.
--FB Cory Schlesinger, the Lions' most valuable blocker out of the backfield, has a hamstring injury of undetermined seriousness. Coach Rod Marinelli said he hopes to know later this week whether Schlesinger will be able to return to duty fairly soon or whether the Lions might have to sign a free agent back this week.
--RB Shawn Bryson, the backup to both RB Kevin Jones and FB Cory Schlesinger, suffered a knee injury, and it appears he will require season-ending surgery, according to Lions coach Rod Marinelli. Bryson was placed on injured reserve Monday. The Lions re-signed running back Arlen Harris, who playaed with the Lions during the pre-season, to replace Bryson.
--LB Teddy Lehman, who has spent the first six weeks of the season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list recovering from offseason foot surgery, is expected to begin working with the Lions in practice this week, although it is uncertain if he will be ready to play anytime soon.
--The Lions will work out free agents DT Darrell Adams (Jets) and OL Dave Yovanovitz (Browns) on Tuesday.