Rod Marinelli plans to simplify offense
BY NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA • FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER • October 7, 2008
The Lions pared down former offensive coordinator Mike Martz's passing attack entering the season. Now coach Rod Marinelli thinks they should pare it down again.
"I feel like we're a little bit scattered right now, and that's why I'm going to pull back," Marinelli said Monday at his weekly news conference. "I think when you're not doing anything well, you kind of pull back and just go right back to the very basics."
Marinelli wants to get back to what the Lions did well in the exhibition season -- running the ball with play-action passes, rollouts and bootlegs.
The Lions apparently will scrap the no-huddle offense they added over the bye week. They looked confused and disorganized when they tried to run it in Sunday's 34-7 loss to Chicago.
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