Owner positive about Lions
Updated: July 27, 2007, 4:18 PM ET
Lions owner William Clay Ford met with Detroit-area beat reporters Thursday evening for the first time in two years and spoke about the positive turn in the team. He said he never considered firing general manager Matt Millen despite a 24-72 record the past six years. He did tell reporters he might have left his close relationship with Millen cloud his judgment, but Ford feels good about the direction of the franchise. He thinks the Millen-Rod Marinelli combination is a potential winner. Lions should see improvement: If you are wondering how I feel about my visit to the Lions, I am positive. No, I'm not Jon Kitna positive. I can't go as far as 10 wins. What I can say is they should be three or four games better than their 3-13 record from last season. The offense should clearly click. Mike Martz has plenty of toys at running back and wide receiver. Kitna works the Martz offense very well. The Lions should be one of the highest-scoring teams in the NFL. One of the keys to the season will be cutting down turnovers and getting improvement out of the defense. Bryson out in Detroit: The Lions released fullback Shawn Bryson because he failed a physical, and that was a little bit of a surprise. Bryson plays fullback, but he has good pass-catching skills and runs like a halfback. Injuries have plagued him during his entire NFL career.
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