|10-31-2007, 05:27 PM||#1|
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Dre Bly's only regret as Lion was...
Dre Bly's only regret as Lion was speaking out about Joey Harrington
October 31, 2007
When the Broncos visit the Lions on Sunday, cornerback Dreí Bly will return to Detroit, where he played four years, went to two Pro Bowls and made headlines when he blamed coach Steve Mariucciís firing on quarterback Joey Harrington.
Bly spoke to Detroit reporters Wednesday on a conference call. Here are some highlights:
How do you feel about coming back to Detroit?
ďIím pretty excited, man, having a chance to come back. I played there the last four years. Iíve got a lot of good relationships with guys there. You know, Detroit got me in the prime of my career, had some good moments there. To be able to come back, man, expecting a lot of people to come back to the game. Getting on the field with my former teammates is something to look forward to.Ē
Do you wish the Lions were winning like this when you were in Detroit?
ďWell, you always want to win. Each one of you all know how much of a competitor I was. You know how much I wanted to win. And Iím happy for the guys. But you know every time you suit up you want to be successful, and Iím glad for the guys who were there for the struggle Ė guys who was there like Dominic (Raiola) and Big Baby (Shaun Rogers), the guys starting to win now, starting to get a feel for how it feels to win. Shaun Rogers looks like heís having fun. Everybody looks like theyíre having fun out there. Thatís what itís supposed to be like.Ē
Some of your former teammates said you were a great guy but up-and-down as a teammate. Any regrets about the way you handled the Joey Harrington situation?
ďWell, you know, thatís their opinion. I had a lot of support on the whole situation from my teammates. It was something I shouldnít have did. But you know, hey, Iím a very emotional guy. I wanted to win. Coming from St. Louis and experienced what I experienced there, it was tough. But everything happens for a reason. Iím here. Theyíre there. Theyíre winning, and they seem to be getting the best of everything right now. Everything happens for a reason. I donít regret Ö Thatís probably the only thing I regret because of all the news and everything that it started. I had some criticism. People started to criticize me as a person. But really, Iím a good teammate. I hate to lose. I like to have a good time. And thatís the way I look at it. And I just move forward after that.Ē
Are you worried people will remember you more for the Harrington comment than your two Pro Bowls?
ďWell, you know what? I mean, I really donít care because it happened. Itís over with. And Iíve moved on. And heís not there no more. Iím not there no more. So really, when I was there in Detroit, I played in two Pro Bowls. I was first alternate (for another). Like I said, they got me during the prime of my career, and I played well for them when I was there. My job when I came to Detroit was to help them guys win, and unfortunately it didnít happen. But I canít take back anything Iíve done. Hopefully they appreciated I guess my services when I was there, appreciated me when I was there. I appreciated them guys. So Iíve moved on. Iíve still got a relationship with a lot of the guys. I donít them any of them guys hate me because of what happened. Like I said, I had support from some of the guys after the whole situation. And it was blown out of proportion, but it is what it is. Iíve moved on. Theyíve moved on. And everybody seems to be happy.Ē
Why did things not work out for you here in the end?
ďWell, they wanted to say I didnít fit the scheme. You know, when I was in St. Louis, I intercepted six balls, played well in that system. Everything happens for a reason. Iím in a system now that best suits my skills. Apparently they needed a running back because K.J. went down. They needed a right tackle. So it worked out for the best. I have no regrets. Like I said, they got me to come in and do what no other cornerback had done since Lem Barney, when I got there. I was pretty proud with that. When Matt Millen and Mariucci brought me in, nobody was expecting me to come in and play the way I played. Everybody was saying that they overpaid for me. I proved a lot of people wrong, shut a lot of mouths up, and after that, I felt like I gave them more than what they bargained for. I was happy with that. And they chose to move me. This is business. I donít think it was anything against me as a person because, like I said, if you ask any one of those guys in the locker room, Iím a good guy. I like to have a good time. Iím happy all the time. But Iím a competitor. I hate to lose. We lost my whole time there. I blame no coaches for everything thatís happened there. Like I was saying before, as a player, we have to play, and we have to perform, and guys didnít perform up to task when I was there, some of the guys, the key guys. And now theyíre performing and guys are playing well and guys are playing into the system, and thatís why their 5-2 right now.Ē
How was your relationship with coach Rod Marinelli in the end?
ďOh, Rod? It was good. I mean, I never had anything against Coach Marinelli. I thought he was good for the team. He came in and changed the demeanor of the team. The Lions were always known, I guess, thatís what you all always said, as a soft team because of Mooch and how he treated players. But Marinelli came in with that tough, hardnosed mentality and changed the demeanor. At first guys didnít buy into it because of what they were used to before, but now guys are starting to buy into it and guys are starting to play. But my relationship with Marinelli was good Ė unless heís telling you something behind my back that I donít know. But everything I experienced there was good from top to bottom.Ē
Did you buy in at first last year?
ďOh, yeah. I bought into it because I experienced that when I was in St. Louis with Lovie Smith (then the Ramsí defensive coordinator). Ö Iím down for winning, man. So whatever it takes, Iím down for winning. I like to compete. I was out there every snap. I didnít miss a game. I didnít miss a practice. I was out there. I didnít complain.Ē
Some say you didnít buy in.
ďThatís bogus, man. Ö I bought into everything they asked me to do.Ē
|10-31-2007, 06:48 PM||#2|
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I figured it out. Dre Bly brings an atmosphere of losing! He leaves Detroit and they are 4-2 without him. He comes to Denver and the Broncos are 3-4. CUT HIM, NOW!!!