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David Epstein
September 03, 2007
The Marinelli makeover is starting to pay off, not necessarily in Super´┐ŻBowl dreams but in a winning mood in the Motor City
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September 03, 2007

4 Detroit Lions

The Marinelli makeover is starting to pay off, not necessarily in Super´┐ŻBowl dreams but in a winning mood in the Motor City

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> I've never been a Jon Kitna fan. Never will be. He took too many sacks last year and too many chances downfield. He's the type of guy who will always do something to get you beat. He predicted they'd win 10 games, but that will only happen if he doesn't do a bunch of knuckleheaded things. . . . Wideout Calvin Johnson is as close to a sure thing as I've seen in the draft for the past 10 years. . . . If they could have added one back in the league by trade or free agency, Tatum Bell might have been my choice. They're a poor run-blocking team, and Bell is the type of tackle-breaking runner who might have success there. Can he stay healthy for 16 games, though? . . . Mark my words: [Second-year linebacker] Ernie Sims will be the next Derrick Brooks. Great athleticism, burst and a physical tackler.

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How does offensive coordinator Mike Martz sum up his feelings about the back the Lions got from the Broncos? "He's way better than I thought," says Martz of Bell, who has a career 4.9 yards per carry. In camp Bell rang up one pleasantly surprising play after another for Martz, who loves to use his backs as receivers. Says Martz, "He catches with such ease. I didn't know that about him."

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