There was no savoring the moment when the Lions defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the team's regular season opener. The organization was pleased with the progress the team has made, but the reality is the Lions have a long-road ahead of them and head coach Steve Mariucci has expressed those thoughts.
Five wins in the past two-season
will do that to a team, changing the mindset in
"There were far too many negative
"(Matt) Millen really went in there and tore apart that team. The Lions were a competitive team prior to him going there, but obviously he wasn't comfortable with the make-up of the team. Now, Mariucci becomes available and the luck just happened top fall the Lions way. If he is given the room to work, Mariucci will quickly turn that team around, much like he did with the salary-cap strapped 49ers."
In the Lions 42-24 season opening victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the Lions showed some of the promise Mariucci is accustomed to. With the West Coast offense operating efficiently on that day, the Lions are a work in process and there will many bumps along the path of consistency and respectability.
Humbled 31-6 Sunday by the Green Bay Packers, the Lions felt some of those bumps in the road, as quarterback
"It isn't going to be an easy job
for Mariucci, he knew that going in. There was a reason that team has won five
games the past two seasons," the NFC General Manager continued. "Yesterday, the
Lions were their own worst enemy. You cannot go into
"The strength of that team should be the defensive line and they were run over. Defensively, they (the Lions) will struggle this season, but should improve as the season progresses."
If the first two weeks of the NFL season are an indicator of things to come, the Lions may best impersonate Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde over the remaining next fifteen weeks of the season. But, don't get too discouraged, there is a light at the end of this long tunnel created by Matt Millen and Marty Morhingweg.