Column: Mariucci exudes confidence

When Steve Mariucci stepped to the podium Wednesday afternoon to address the media on becoming the new head coach of the Detroit Lions, he didn't need any catch phrases or quote worthy snippets to let everyone know he has confidence in himself.

When Steve Mariucci stepped to the podium Wednesday afternoon to address the media on becoming the new head coach of the Detroit Lions, he didn't need any catch phrases or quote worthy snippets to let everyone know he has confidence in himself.

He kept it simple and straight to the point: "I'm honored to have this opportunity. I'm thrilled to be here and there is a lot of work to do."

He didn't mention anything about how high the bar was. He didn't need to. His aura was full of confidence. He didn't need to say anything that would catch the eye of the newspapers. He just needed to let everyone know he's here to win.

"I'm committed to delivering the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit a championship football team. That is all I ever think about."

The rest of the Mariucci's first press conference as a Lion went fine -- covering the coaching staff and the roster as it stands. He didn't say anything that hasn't been known for a while -- yet he still had that charisma about him. He was humble with his answers, being realistic about the outlook for this year and the current state of the team. He didn't sugarcoat anything, which is refreshing. He was straightforward with his answers, and answered everything as well as could have for only being the coach for less than a day.

That charisma -- that special feeling that he exudes that has been instilled into the fans for the Lions, the same thing Joey Harrington shows everytime he paces the sidelines before and after critical drives -- is exactly what Mariucci showed.

It's been a long time coming, but Detroit has finally landed the big fish, and this time it was able to reel it in and show it off for everyone, including the rest of the league. A proven winner is coaching Detroit now, one that is seemingly a perfect fit for the team.

It's been a long time coming.


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