Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham drove home his message over and over again.
He screamed it to the players in loud and colorful language during meetings. He expressed it to reporters more calmly Wednesday. But even then, as he repeated it several times, his blood started to boil.
"I'm flat (ticked) off, if you want to know the truth," Cunningham said.
His message is simple.
"If you can't tackle, you can't play defense," Cunningham said, "and you definitely are not going to play here on defense."