Mariucci, Lions lose in coach's return to San Francisco

Updated: October 5, 2003, 9:38 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO -- Steve Mariucci spoke nonstop about his new team and its troubles, barely taking a breath for about 10 minutes.

"It was a hard-hitting game on both sides. ... We've got to find ways to take better care of the football. ... The bye comes at a good time. We've got some nicks."

Then, finally, Detroit's coach was forced to reflect on how it felt to be back in San Francisco for the first time since the 49ers fired him in January. Dressed in a royal blue Lions polo shirt ...

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