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ENEMY LINES
Josh Elliott
September 01, 2003
An opposing scout's view
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September 01, 2003

Enemy Lines

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An opposing scout's view

"They don't have a single guy on defense that you have to account for. Earl Holmes isn't the answer at linebacker; he's just average against the run....

[Rookie linebacker] Boss Bailey was a reach, even where they picked him [early in the second round]. He wasn't on a lot of teams' draft boards because his knees [two ACL tears in college] will shorten his career....

The defensive line is getting old fast. Luther Elliss is hanging on, and Robert Porcher may have lost a step....

Their safeties will be fine, but their corners won't be....

Joey Harrington will be more comfortable this year, especially if Charles Rogers comes along....

James Stewart is a serviceable running back, but you can't ride him every week. That will make it tough because Steve Mariucci will want to run the ball more than the Lions have recently. Stewart's just not an upper-echelon back....

They have a nice little core on offense, and Mariucci will make them better this year. The players will give him the respect they didn't give Marty Mornhinweg....

But that defense scares no one, even in a weak division. They're probably two years away from contending."

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