DETROIT LIONS DAILY UPDATE FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2006

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TODAY'S NEWS

  • The Lions practiced on the indoor field in helmets and shorts today at the team headquarters and training facility in Allen Park.
  • Head Coach Rod Marinelli introduced the Lions 2006 team captains this afternoon. QB Jon Kitna, CB Dre Bly, DT James Hall, C Dominic Raiola and LB Donte Curry were chosen by their teammates and coaches to represent the Lions for the entire season.
  • The following players have been signed to the Lions eight-man practice squad: S Marcus Demps, WR Devale Ellis, DE Claude Harriott, CB Dee McCann, TE Sean McHugh, C Dave Pearson, DT Cleveland Pinkney and T Clint Stickdorn.
  • There are still tickets available for the Detroit Lions 2006 regular season opener against the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks Sunday, September 10 (kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET). Approximately 500 individual game tickets must be sold by the NFL-mandated deadline of Thursday, September 7 at 1 p.m. ET in order to lift the local television blackout. In addition to the 500 individual game tickets for Sunday's game vs. Seattle, the Seahawks have returned unsold tickets from their allotment. Lions' fans can purchase tickets to Sunday's game via detroitlions.com, TicketMaster.com, TicketMaster outlets and over the phone through TicketMaster at 248.645.6666.
  • Detroit Head Coach Rod Marinelli will make his regular season coaching debut this week against Seattle, the 2005 NFC Champions, at Ford Field. The Lions are 3-0 in regular season openers at Ford Field and will face the Seahawks for the first time since moving into their new home. The two teams have met nine times in the regular season with Seattle holding a slight 5-4 series edge. Sunday's game will be televised live in Metro Detroit on WJBK-TV FOX Channel 2 with Dick Stockton handling play-by-play, Daryl Johnston adding color commentary and Tony Siragusa reporting from the sideline.
  • Sunday's game can be heard live in Metro Detroit on the team's flagship station, WKRK 97.1 Free FM and on the Lions Radio Network's 34 stations throughout Michigan, northern Ohio and Canada. The Lions Radio Network can be accessed worldwide over the Internet via Detroitlions.com and NFL.com Field Pass. Nationally, the Lions Radio Network is also aired on Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch. 155). Sunday's game will be broadcast nationally on the Sports USA Radio Network, featuring play-by-play announcer Larry Kahn and color commentator Tim Pernetti. Reporting from the sidelines will be Troy West.

LIONS HEAD COACH ROD MARINELLI
Opening statement on the decision of season team captains: "The reason I wanted a chance to visit with you right now is to announce our captains. I'm very proud of it. We took a vote last week and it was the vote of the team and each staff member. It's something I believe in very strongly, and my background has been that. They did a great job - the team chose these men - it's the team's responsibility. Once you choose these men, there's fellowship on their part, and they put these men in the position of leadership. There's responsibility; tremendous responsibility goes when you're a season captain. Ups and downs - still got to be a captain, if you're injured - still got to be a captain - nobody's in the tank. The men they've chosen, I was tickled to death with. Could have been other guys too; but, on defense you have James Hall, he's really been a fine defensive end here, real strong guy. Dre (Bly), our corner, is one. On the offense it's Jon Kitna and Dominic Raiola and on special teams it's (Donte) Curry. Those are great men - their work habits and all of those things."

On if there will be game captains as well: "No, no. These men represent our team. This is the Detroit Lions right here, for me I don't like to shift the mandates - bam, that's who we are. They're going take the sword, and here we go."

On the emphasis he puts on toughness and if these men typify that: "The team chose them, and that's what's really important. They are seeing the same things that we are seeing, and that's exciting."

On which staff members got to vote: "Just coaches. Each coach got to vote one vote. Every coach and each player - one vote each. We voted who they wanted for all of that, everybody who they could see as a leader. I tried to make it not so much offense/defense but leadership."

Opening statement following practice: "Good work today. We came out in no pads. Why, I wanted to do that is to get as many guys up in practice as I could and that was good for us. That was good for us. I think just about everybody was practicing; they got good work in today. It's the players' day off tomorrow. We've just got to do what we do and understand our opponent. The process is getting better. We're kind of cutting the cord and getting going."

On how RT Rex Tucker looked in practice: "It was good - I mean it's unbelievable. It must be the water they drink down in Texas, him (Tucker) and (Dan) Campbell. He (Tucker) went out and worked on it, it was exciting. We'll see how he feels tomorrow and get him in pads on Wednesday and see how we're going."

On if Wednesday is the official day to list an injury: "Yes, we'll see how he (Tucker) goes, and why not? After what I saw today he was moving pretty good, so we'll see."

On if Tucker will start on Sunday vs. Seattle if he's healthy: "We'll wait and see. I probably feel a little more comfortable with Barry (Stokes). Its two veterans that are working, we'll just have to see how he (Tucker) progresses during the week and how he does in pads."

On if the backup quarterback has been decided: "Not yet. Rep wise I think Josh has done a great job. We feel good about where Josh is at right now."

On how much preparation for Seattle was done today: "A lot, it was all Seattle all day. We introduced them this morning and we've been on them for a while as a staff. Actually they'll see some of the same things we've been running - without saying their names - but now it was just a full day, all of our meetings. This Monday is exactly like a Wednesday to a tee. So we repeat Wednesday twice; Mondays is Wednesday and Wednesday is Wednesday. What it does, it allows you to get all of your cards in, get detailed and any problems we had we can make sure their right on Wednesday. We'll be in pads on Wednesday and hopefully get some good fundamental work."

On if the coaching staff has been looking at the waiver wire: "I feel pretty decent right now. Now it's just about if there is a good player out there that fits what we want to do and how we want to do things. We always have to look and try to make tapes on guys and know where they're at."

On which three players will start at linebacker: "Not really sure, we'll kind of let it play out during the week. Right now Alex (Lewis) worked at the 'Sam' backer today; Paris worked at the 'Mike' who also can play 'Sam'. Ernie (Sims) is just going to play 'Will' - don't mess around with him. Boss is a 'Mike' and you have LeVar (Woods) in the mix and everything. So right now we're kind of rotating those four to five guys in all the positions. If somebody goes down we're in good shape, so that's the biggest thing right now. We'll play it out as the week goes."

On LB Alex Lewis' performance at strong side in the last game: "Really good. He is so explosive. The one side, the 'Sam' backer in our package, he's the one backer we'll blitz a little more than the others. The 'Sam' is one and the 'Will' is two. He becomes an edge rusher for us. He's (Lewis) a really explosive player now, I'm very happy with his progress, the kicking game, everything. He really has come alive. He'll keep working this week and he's played all 'Sam' today and I plan on him doing it tomorrow."

 

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