The quarterback position was the issue Monday as the Lions gathered themselves after the 23-17 overtime loss a day earlier at Jacksonville.
Harrington, by his own admission, has played poorly in the last two games.
He completed 26 of 52 for 269 yards and a touchdown but threw one interception and was unable to get the offense moving consistently in the dreary 17-10 loss to Washington. He struggled even more in the Jacksonville game, completing only 11 of 33 passes for 121 yards with an interception and a passer rating of just 32.5.
Coach Steve Mariucci, asked about Harrington's status, gave no indication that he plans a change at the quarterback position.
"The change is to be better, that's what we have to do," Mariucci said. "We've got to be better all the way around and figure out what we can do, from a scheme standpoint. What are the routes that we're good at throwing and running? And do those things."
Harrington said he was told by quarterbacks coach Greg Olson on Monday that McMahon might get more snaps with the first offense this week.
"Hey, maybe it'll light a fire under me," Harrington said. "Maybe it'll kick me out of this slump. That's fine. I'm not guaranteed anything here. Nobody's guaranteed a job. You've got to go out and earn it. I plan on going out and earning it."
DRUMMOND SHOWS EXPLOSIVENESS
The Lions knew Eddie Drummond was something special. That's why they stuck with him through a couple of injury-riddled seasons and brought him back this year.
And Drummond paid dividends again this week with punt-return touchdowns of 55 yards and 83 yards in the 23-17 overtime loss to Jacksonville.
In scoring two punt-return touchdowns in one game, Drummond, a former Penn State running back signed by the Lions as an undrafted rookie three years ago, performed a feat that only 12 others have accomplished in the NFL before him.
Jack Christiansen did it twice in the 1951 season, and Eddie Payton had two return touchdowns — one on a kickoff, the other on a punt — in the 1977 season.
Drummond's first punt-return touchdown came on what was essentially a free return after a Jaguars player touched the ball while trying to down it.
"The first one was just knowing the rules of the game," he explained. "Once the punt team touches the ball, if I can get the ball I can do whatever I want with no consequences."
The second punt-return touchdown was achieved the traditional way — by outflanking and outrunning the punting team.
"That was just adrenaline and having vision," Drummond said. "It was more of a middle return, but you've got to have instincts so I took it to the outside and saw daylight."
"We waste too many opportunities," said guard Damien Woody, who left the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent to sign with the Lions last March. "You get the ball at the 50 — anywhere close to it — you've got to make a touchdown from that. We squander too many opportunities."
Instead of going with a three-back rotation, the Lions gave Jones all the carries in the running game. He responded with 19 attempts for 81 yards.
"I think I made some progress," Jones said. "I know that I can run the ball, but they gave me more of an opportunity today. I still didn't get the long one that I wanted. I'm still waiting for it to come, but the offensive line did a good job. I was just running behind them."
Jones pushed his season total to 308 yards on 88 rushing attempts and improved his per-carry average slightly, from 3.3 to 3.5 yards.