Transcript of Lions HC Rod Marinelli

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LIONS HEAD COACH ROD MARINELLI
Injury update:
"Ernie (Sims), he is fine. We limited him a little bit with his knee. It's something he has had for a while; it's not a big deal so it is day-to-day with him. Kalimba (Edwards) is still day-to-day and probable for this week. (Dan) Orlovsky has turf toe and is week-to-week; doubtful for this week. Frank Davis: knee; that's week to week as we're checking it. It's just going to be a 1-2 week deal so we'll see how it goes. (Damien) Woody is day-to-day with an ankle (injury). He is questionable right now. (Jon) Kitna had back spasms, mild. Fernando (Bryant) is fine. We moved Jon Bradley at fullback. He's had a background as a running back also in high school and some of those things. We're taking a look at a big physical back; about a 310 pound blocker back there, so we're taking a look."

On DT Jon Bradley at FB: "I've had him in Tampa, and I know him. He's a real good athlete, and in high school he was a tremendous running back, a 240 pound back. He kind of grew out of that position, but he is a very athletic guy with good movement and (he is) bright. He understands (the position) so we'll take a look. What I'm trying to do is, like I've said from day one, the bottom ten guys on the roster have to have position flexibility and do a lot of things. I'm looking for guys just to help us win. We are giving him an opportunity to add to his resume."

On DT Shaun Rogers' first practice: "It was good, it was solid. He came out explosive, all those things. He's where I thought he would be."

On if he is working Rogers up to the Colts game: "Right now I'm just kind of going day-by-day practice with him. I want to see how he does each day. We actually did a little bit more than I thought we were going to do today. He got six plays in the run drill, three or four in our blitz period and maybe four or five snaps in our one-on-one so that was a good - that was a good start. He did all the individual stuff which is the heart rate there."

On how important it was to see Roger's explosiveness: "You haven't seen a guy do something for a while. My biggest thing when we came in was to do everything we could do to get him in the best condition I could. That's been our plan and I have a plan right now to progressively move him on day-by-day."

On if he still has a long way to go to be in game shape: "Anybody that hasn't practiced in a while, you can run and do all those things, but it's what we do. We have two-and-a-half, three weeks where we had day-by-day practice. Now it's just the hitting; get in hitting condition and redirection. That's what we are attempting to do right now."

On Rogers at nose tackle compared to what he played last year: "He is the same explosive guy, but I think you can be even more disruptive and do some things with him in there. We have the cocknose position and he's very comfortable in that cocknose. Some of the things he does athletically and movement-wise, that's amazing. I've never really had a guy, well McFarland a little like that, but not that size. (Rogers) can really disrupt in there."

On if Rogers has as much movement at nose tackle as his other position: "Oh yeah he does. I don't call him a nose guard or a nose tackle, I call him cocknose. It's like under tackle. If you saw (Shaun) Cody early in the game (at Cleveland), that's an overlap. Those are all defined movements when you overlap and make a play down the sideline. He's got to wrap on a pass; he's got to be able to run. In our system you've got to run. It's not just a big nose guard sitting there, we're not that. We are moving. He gives up really good mass; bright, and movement."

On what 'cocknose' means: "It's how we tilt them and we cock him. It's what (Joe Green) used to play. Exactly, that's how it all started way back. It gives you great vision on the back side guard on all you're A-blocks. You've got vision of the pulling (guard). When you are square you can't come off as fast. As a result it's called a cocknose and then we have the ability to charge him up the field, gap him, and play one-on-one technique. So it's unique, it's like under tackle. What we're asking those guys to do is different than a regular 4-3 defense."

On whether DE Dewayne White: "I would think he would. He felt great today running around and we got him quite a bit of work today. Most of the work comes in individual (periods); that's where all the push-pull and all that comes."

On how important it is to see all four starting defensive lineman together: "It would be awesome, if it doesn't work it doesn't work, but it would be awesome if it does. I think that as a unit it's important to see the seven guys behind them. It's not just the front-four together it's the whole defense together. I think it's the presence in the huddle, the tempo, and what's important is: understanding gap controls. Some of the guys haven't been here to feel the gap control. The one-gap is so important and all the sudden a guy spins and there is a lane, so we've got some work to do to clean it up. I'm really please with how we are playing our gap assignments right now."

On competing against coaches Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith: "You just have obviously the ultimate respect for them. It's exciting, you really enjoy it. That's the best thing I can say because I know how thorough they are. I've been in those meetings for six years with those guys I and know they are going to do what they do. That's the thing I love: they do what they do. Don't worry about who you're playing, just do what they do. So I know what to expect."