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Mariucci: 'It wasn't a typical hook'

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Joey Harrington will remain the Lions' starting quarterback despite the offense failing to score a touchdown against the NFL's 31st-rated defense.

Harrington was pulled during the second half of Thursday's 41-9 loss to Indianapolis in favor of Mike McMahon, who saw his first game action this season.

By that time, the Colts had scored six touchdowns, and the Lions had three turnovers.

"It wasn't a typical hook," coach Steve Mariucci said Friday.
"Joey was playing OK, but we felt the game had gotten away from
us. The timing was good for Mike. He's been able to play better in
practice the last couple of weeks, and we wanted to get him into a
game to get a better look at him."

McMahon, who will become a free agent after the season, was 11-of-15 for 77 yards, and he threw an interception in the end zone on Detroit's last offensive play.

Harrington, who has thrown two touchdowns and three
interceptions in his last four starts, was 14-of-23 for 156 yards
against the Colts.

After a 4-2 start, Detroit has lost its last five games and
ranks 31st in total offense.

Return specialist Eddie Drummond, who was lost for the season Thursday with a shoulder injury, scored three of the team's four touchdowns in games at Jacksonville and Minnesota.

"We will have to determine what we're going to do next year at quarterback," Mariucci said. "We've got one guy who's a free
agent and another that's been here three years. That evaluation is
already taking place. But we're also trying to win games, and we're
going to keep asking ourselves who gives us the best chance to
win."