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Rod Marinelli Postgame Quotes

Take a look below for what Rod Marinelli had to say following the Lions' 13-10 victory on Thursday night.  (Quotes via the Detroit Lions)

Opening statement: "Just to update you, we had three injuries: Stanley Wilson with an Achilles, we'll wait until tomorrow to see how bad it is; Jason Hanson, strain on his left thigh and Gilbert Gardner had a concussion."

On the extent of Hanson's injury: "Just a strain; wait to see until tomorrow."

On the running game: "Not good enough. We're just going to keep working at it. The one thing when you try to run the ball, you don't wave a magical wand over it and all of a sudden you're running the ball. You have to work at it, and call it, and punish it and work at it, and that's what we're going to do."

On what exactly did not work: "I can't tell you. I have to watch the film. (We) didn't get enough yards."

On his receivers being a bright spot in tonight's game: "If we can just - no way we're backing off of it; we're going to run it, and we're going to keep doing it because as you can see it opens up. It opens up. You get some single coverage on those big guys, they're tough to cover now. Two positive things that I really like - there's going to be a lot of positive after I watch the tape - but what I did like: no turnovers. We went plus-one. That's winning football. And when you do that, I think you're in really good shape. So if we can keep that part of it going then we'll be in good shape."

On the young quarterbacks not giving the ball up: "Very good. And the other thing with that, we gave up no sacks, and we did a nice job moving the pocket, the launch point, which constantly changed during the game. So it's tough if you're on defense to get a beat on where he's at. But now the key to everything we're still doing is running the ball. And digging it in there and fighting our way through that."

On rookies T Gosder Cherilus' penalties and LB Jordon Dizon's appearing to be all over the field: "Without seeing the tape, the penalties, that jumps out at you, which we can't have. We're not going to do it. We had six penalties today and it's not winning football. We just have to eliminate that. I think he (Cherilus) did some good things on his blocking; I felt it a couple times. I think Kevin (Smith) really showed some stuff, boy, I mean, he's - boom - you get that thing up and think quick, so we'll see off the film a little bit more. And Jordon, as we said from day one, he's a great instinct guy. We just have to make sure he's going the right way all the time."

On why three starters were back in the game late in the second half: "Like I was saying the other day, on some of that, that's all we got. There's not many ....our depth is...some guys we didn't anticipate playing late in the game."

On QB Drew Stanton: "He showed some of the stuff, and he's got awareness, and running the ball and boots and running around. (He) threw some nice passes in there today, so I'll be able to do a better job after I watch the tape and see. But off the top of my head, I liked him moving the ball down the field and getting in position to win a game for us."

On the hardest thing about the running game: "It's like pounding the rock. You keep swinging if it's not breaking. And some guys cry about it, 'Oh, it's not going to break, it's not going to break.' Well, we're going to break it, and you just keep working at it.  It's hard; it's hard work, and we have to stay with it. You don't just say, 'Hey, we're going to run the ball here.' No, that's lip service. We're going to put pad service in."

On if the offense is progressing the way he had hoped since the beginning of camp: "Yeah, I feel you can see it with the big receivers in there. That's the thing. And, boy, to be able to move the pocket and run the ball and get some play action and predict the coverages for those big guys; people are going to have problems covering them."

On if the defense is progressing the way he hoped: "Yeah, I really liked our tempo. We're running; we're fast; we're fast on defense. (We) just have to make sure we're on the details. We tackled fairly well. We had a couple missed tackles early, but we're tackling for the first game not bad. But the run was OK; we had one run-pop. Other than that we're pursuing well, and that's it. We just have to line up and go play again next week."

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