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Lions coach Marty Mornhinweg explains why he halted Monday's practice session.
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Marty Mornhinweg
Marty Mornhinweg's shocking end of the Lions' Monday afternoon practice -- which saw the coach speeding off on his Harley to the dismay of his players -- was a message that he means business about changing business.

A staff member's cell phone that went off early in the workout -- all cell phones are banned from the practice field -- was the first unacceptable action. As problems mounted 30 minutes into practice, Mornhinweg abruptly ended it. An act? Hardly.

Mornhinweg knows the point that everyone misses about the West Coast scheme he's installing: More than anything, its success is about attention to detail. It's about how you practice, how you meet, how you eat, how you rest ... any detail that's out of whack is considered a threat to the team's success.

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If one or more of these franchises gives up on their quarterback by December, Dilfer will have the freedom to begin discussions, as opposed to having to wait until March 1 if he signs a one-year contract now to be somebody's backup.

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