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Camp Confidential: Smith, Johnson, Sims spark hope for Lions

Is Rod Marinelli's decision to dump the pass-happy offense and run a grueling camp enough to turn the tide for the Lions? Detroit has some parts in place to make things interesting, Kevin Seifert writes.

Originally Published: August 16, 2008
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- A decidedly old-school tune played over the loudspeakers Wednesday as Detroit Lions players trudged onto the practice field.

That's the sound of the man working on the chain ... gang That's the sound of the man working on the chain ... gang All day long, they work so hard, 'til the sun is going down.

Sam Cooke recorded "Chain Gang" in 1960, 10 years before the oldest Lions player was born. Few of them recognized the song, but they all understood ...

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