NFL rank T25
Opponents' 2005 winning percentage .473
Games against playoff teams 4
AN OPPOSING TEAM'S SCOUT SIZES UP THE LIONS
> At some
point the situation between Rod Marinelli and Mike Martz is going to get ugly,
especially if the Lions start losing. Marinelli will want to do one thing, and
Martz will want to take over and throw the crap out of the ball.
in the league loves Roy Williams.
offensive line is decent, but in Martz's system the line has to be better than
decent because the quarterback needs a lot of time to throw. Left tackle Jeff
Backus is their best lineman.
> The Lions
are in a bad way with Charles Rogers and Mike Williams. With all the money they
have tied up in those guys, they're going to have to cut one or both of them,
or that situation could be a real cancer on this team.
Jon Kitna is more
like a good backup. But you'd have to say he's an improvement over Joey
second-round draft choice out of South Carolina, Edwards almost signed with the
Browns in the off-season but instead agreed to a five-year contract extension
with the Lions. The 6'6", 265-pound Edwards averaged five sacks per season
in his first four years and had a career-high seven takedowns in '05, but
teammates expect more. "In Coach Marinelli's defense Kalimba is going to
get a chance to run straight up the field and get the quarterback," says
cornerback Dr� Bly. "That's going to showcase his talent."