by Shane Bacon
I was once told a story from a buddy that worked deep inside the San Diego Chargers organization back when they were as bad as three-week-old milk. He told me when the team was on a losing streak, which happened regularly, the postgame atmosphere was as fun as paper cuts.
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Now present day, the same can be said about the Detroit Lions. At 0-10 and with as tough as schedule as there is left in the league, head coach Rod Marinelli is being asked a lot of the same old questions. "Have you failed?" "Has the team failed?" "Does the mascot even fail?" Marinelli, in the latest Groundhog Day post-game experience decided he'd had just about enough of this banter.
"I've got unbelievable encouragement. Why? Because I believe in these players,'' said Marinelli, who was then asked "How?'' by a reporter.
"Let me finish. Can I finish? Do you want to ask the question again?'' Marinelli said.
The reporter interjected: "These guys haven't made plays for almost a full season.''
"Because I'm in a leadership role and that's my job,'' Marinelli said. "My job is to believe in them, to read them, to encourage them and show them how. We've got six games left and that's my job. That's what I do. I don't bang on them and throw them in the waste can."
Lions' Marinelli Blows Up at Reporter, Cards Argument as His First Win This Season originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Mon, 17 Nov 2008 00:35:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.