Lions' Performance Not Embarrassing to Marinelli, But Maybe It Should Have Been
PHILADELPHIA--The Detroit Lions were exposed here Sunday as a pretender.
After beating the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings for a 2-0 start, the Lions had a chance to prove with a victory over the previously winless Eagles--or at least a highly competitive performance--that they're for real.
At least not at this point.
Their defense was shredded by the Eagles in a 56-21 defeat, permitting 42 points in the first half. That's against an Eagles offense that had managed one touchdown in the season's first two games. And while the Lions put up some big numbers on offense--quarterback Jon Kitna threw for 446 yards and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Roy Williams had nine catches for 204 yards--they allowed Kitna to be sacked nine times. They also watched rookie wideout Calvin Johnson leave the game with what was called a bruised lower back after he fell hard to the turf following a spectacular leaping catch.
Just don't suggest to Coach Rod Marinelli that he should have been embarrassed by the performance.
"I don't get embarrassed," he said when he was asked that question by a reporter during his postgame news conference at Lincoln Financial Field. "I don't use that word. Don't use that word on me. That's your word, not my word. I have to go back and correct the things. That's what I do."
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