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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Reality sets in


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Veteran players in Detroit know what they're up against: A 13-game audition for the future of their careers.

As they reconvened Monday following their bye week, the Lions faced a new landscape. The man ultimately responsible for bringing them to the team, president/general manager Matt Millen, had been fired. According to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com, at least one player understood what that meant. Here's how quarterback Jon Kitna put it:

"The way it is in this league is that you win games and you keep your job. If you don't, then you start losing jobs."

Focusing on the future of coach Rod Marinelli isn't productive, Kitna added.

"We're all lame ducks if that's our approach. We all are. If you win football games and climb back into the race and do some positive things and sneak into the playoffs, then everybody can feel more secure. But, if not, I don't think anybody should feel secure -- aside from Calvin [Johnson]."

Yes, it's fair to say Johnson has nothing to worry about. The rest of the Lions' roster? On notice.

Taking a jaunt around the NFC North this morning: