"If we win, I ain't catching the plane back home," he said with a laugh. "I'll walk back to Detroit."
Chances are, Fisher won't have to worry about making the 482-mile trek.
A loss would install the Lions in their very own NFL Hall of Shame as the league's first team to go 0-16 in a season. They're already the first to go 0-15. A win, of course, would be better, allowing Detroit the dubious distinction of becoming the ninth franchise to finish a season 1-15.
The last team to finish the season winless was the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an expansion franchise that went 0-14.
"It's incredible that a team could go that long in the NFL without winning a game," said Tim Katanski of Ypsilanti, Mich. "I mean, Tampa Bay was an expansion team, so they kind of have an excuse."
It doesn't look good. After all, Green Bay is where this hideous streak began at the end of last season. Since then, the Lions have lost 16 straight and have been outscored 520-260.
When they were drafted, rookies Kevin Smith and Gosder Cherilus knew they were headed for a struggling franchise, but they never imagined a pitiful season like this.
"It's been a nightmare," Smith said. "It's totally embarrassing."
"It's Week 17 and I don't know what it's like to win an NFL game," he said somberly. "The situation we're in has to be enough to give everything you've got in this last game.
"I think we're going to shock a lot of people with a great game. I feel like we're going to win," he said. "Not to take anything away from Green Bay, but we're a great football team. I know the record doesn't show it, but I'm going to say it."
When that happened, he told them to think about the team picture.
"He said, 'This could be the picture they send to the Hall of Fame for the first team that went 0-16,"' defensive tackle Shaun Cody recalled. "It threw me back."
Marinelli went back to the topic earlier this week, hoping to motivate his beleaguered team after it followed up two closely contested games with a 35-point loss at home to New Orleans.
The Lions blew cold air into their practice facility this week, trying to simulate the conditions at Lambeau Field. That seemed to be the only change Marinelli made.
"It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks," Smith said with a sigh. "We've been playing for 15 weeks."
Marinelli might be a head coach for only one more game.
Team owner William Clay Ford has decided the leaders of the front office, Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand, will be back in some capacity, but he hasn't revealed his plans for the coaching staff.
Marinelli, though, insisted he hasn't spent time pondering his future in Detroit.
"Everything is just Green Bay right now," he said. "If you start worrying about or thinking about (that), it's unfair to your players."
He was pleased with a "good" final practice of the season," he said.
"That's never been our problem," Marinelli said. "We've just got to take our body of work to the game."
Brian Schefke of Seattle, who grew up in Troy, Mich. and was visiting for the holidays, said he'll be backing the Lions on Sunday.
"I think celebrating futility, there's nothing fun about it," he said. "I want to see them salvage something out of the season."
Meanwhile, M.C. Terra of Detroit, a die-hard fan who named his fourth child after Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, can't wait to watch it.
"I'm going to pretend it's my Super Bowl," he said. "It's like watching a car crash. You want to be there."
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.