The Lions have had a tendency to overreact to everything over the years. Win a game or two, and they think they're turning things around. Lose a big one -- a big one like this -- and they think they stink. It's head coach Rod Marinelli's job to keep the team positive. More inside, including individual player notes.
Consistency is the No. 1 thing Rod Marinelli has preached since becoming the Lions head coach last year. And it was the No. 1 thing he preached after Sunday's 56-21 shellacking at Philadelphia.
"I'm striving for consistency with this unit," Marinelli said. "That's what I'm striving for. And it starts with me. We're going to get that. I'm really looking forward to rebounding this week."
Marinelli told the team to autograph the game tape, send it out to the rest of the league so everyone else could watch it -- and then be done with it.
"Basically what I'm saying is, you take responsibility for that game, as a coach, as coaches, as players, all of us," Marinelli said. "But then you don't drag it on. The worst thing to do is to drag this stuff on."
The Lions have had a tendency to overreact to everything over the years. Win a game or two, and they think they're turning things around. Lose a big one -- a big one like this -- and they think they stink.
Marinelli made sure to reaffirm what he thinks of the Lions.
"This is a good team, and I feel very good about it," Marinelli said. "I want to make sure I state that. I felt good all the way through offseason, I felt good preseason, I felt great after our first two games and I still feel good. It's a good team.
"The thing is, it's about being consistent. You can't be here one week, and you can't be here one week, and you can't be here, because men don't know how to respond when you're like that. A man doesn't know how to respond in that type of room. So they're going to get a consistent leadership role from me, and they'll respond that way."
Quarterback Jon Kitna is the player the Lions can least afford to lose, and coach Rod Marinelli kept him in the game even though the Lions were way out of it. Kitna took four sacks and scrambled once over the Lions' last three possessions. "I know it's a risk," Marinelli said. "This league's a risk. They had their quarterback in all the way to the end with a 28-point lead, too. Competing. That's the message we want. Just keep going."
The Lions struggled to tackle Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, who burned them for 221 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. "We've been tackling so well," Marinelli said. "You've seen that. ... And this back was ferocious yesterday. I mean, he was. But we have to match that intensity. That's our job. ... You've got to wrap him up. You've got to hit him." Linebacker Paris Lenon said there was no excuse after watching the film. "It looked like everything they did to us, we kind of helped them with missing tackles and a couple of big pass plays," Lenon said.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
WR Calvin Johnson did not break anything. He has only a bruised lower back. But he was walking funny in the locker room Monday.
LT Jeff Backus has badly bruised ribs and his status is uncertain this week.
RG Damien Woody took a direct shot in the ribs and is in the same situation as Backus.
LB Alex Lewis has a hamstring injury and was scheduled for an ultrasound exam. His status is uncertain.
DE Kalimba Edwards said his injured ankle felt better but he wasn't sure if the medical staff would clear him to practice.
RB Kevin Jones said he felt good the day after playing for the first time since Dec. 10, when he suffered a bad foot injury.
TE Courtney Anderson was signed to replace TE Dan Campbell, who went on injured reserve with an elbow injury.
TE Rudy Sylvan was waived to make room for Anderson, but Sylvan could be re-signed to the practice squad.