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2 Detroit Lions
Tim Layden
September 04, 2006
The Motor City makeover brings a new coach, a new offense, a new quarterback and-most important-a new attitude
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September 04, 2006

2 Detroit Lions

The Motor City makeover brings a new coach, a new offense, a new quarterback and-most important-a new attitude

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(T) Thursday

SCHEDULE STRENGTH
NFL rank T25
Opponents' 2005 winning percentage .473
Games against playoff teams 4

ENEMY LINES
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.

> Everybody in the league loves Roy Williams.

> The 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 Harrington.

BREAKOUT PLAYER
Kalimba Edwards
DEFENSIVE END

A 2002 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."

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