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Notebook: Lions Not Sold on Run Game ... Yet

Running back Kevin Smith

Lions' head coach Rod Marinelli might not expect 2,000 yards from his team in 2008, but he certainly expects his club to produce. More inside from Marinelli on Detroit's run game progress, including several player and team notes and quotes inside from camp, the exhibition season, and more.

The biggest preseason issue for the Lions has been the running game. After firing pass-happy offensive coordinator Mike Martz, the Lions committed to the run this season. It is the heart of their team approach -- from opening up the field for wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams, to keeping the pass rush away from quarterback Jon Kitna, to controlling the clock and keeping the defense...

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