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Lions' Martz tightens his lips

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It didn't take long for my introduction to the Combine to get jump-started with a bang. Not 20 minutes after I got settled in at the convention center, I caught Mike Martz speaking with a reporter in the hallway and was able to jump in when their conversation came to a close. Now, Martz drew a little criticism for his outspokenness at the Senior Bowl in Mobile when he publicly revealed they had needs all over the field "except for a quarterback." It seems the Lions didn't need to give away leverage so quickly. In any case, Martz was much more reticent to discuss the specifics of their approach to the second overall pick, claiming he'd not yet evaluated OT Joe Thomas (even though I was told the Lions took him to dinner in Mobile) and only saying that Brady Quinn and JaMarcus Russell were "talented guys" who played "under great pressure" in college. In fact, Martz told me he isn't even going out of his way to campaign to use the No. 2 pick on his side of the football. "I don't lobby at all. I really don't. What I do is evaluate the guys that Rod (Marinelli) wants me to and then when he asks for my opinion, I'll try and give him my opinion." Martz did at least reveal that when the time is right, he'll build a strong case. "Oh sure, you have to at that point. That's part of the passion of coaching and playing this game, the people and how you feel about them."

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