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January 19, 2006

Lions hire Marinelli: who spent the past 10 seasons in Tampa Bay as defensive line coach, said Thursday that as coach of the Detroit Lions he doesn't plan to worry about the team's struggling past.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia to football at 01:09 PM - 24 comments

Personally, I'm glad that this guy doesn't seem to have been buddies with Millen for years, as those two coaches didn't turn out well. He seems like a good candidate as he did well as Tampa's defensive coordiantor, but I'm wary of the fact that he hasn't been a head coach before. Then again, it is the Lions so they will probably do bad no matter who is the coach.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:11 PM on January 19

Crap as a Bears Fan I'm really disappointed that Millen has the Balls to actually hire as a Head Coach someone who knows what the hell he's doing. However, if he doesn't get rid of Jauron and the other asst. bozo's than I take back everything else I just said.

posted by skydivedad at 01:17 PM on January 19

as a diehard lions hopeful who thought millen didnt have a clue about football management he goes and hires somebody that i believe is the perfect guy for the job ,first marinelli does not take shit,2 hes the coach your the player mentality meaning whoever is slacking better pick it up or your going to get traded thats it he will work with you do whatever it takes to make you a better player and learn your position if you do not play hard and give it 110 % (like 50% or more of the lions)he does not want you and trade is in the works he will do everything he can to win he expects the same from players,3 these players for the most part are instant million aires play hard thats what you are expected to do trust me people this guy is just who the lions need

posted by EXPROMXER at 01:44 PM on January 19

Maybe the third is charm for Millen. This looks like that it could be a good hire for the Lions.

posted by daddisamm at 01:45 PM on January 19

Monte Kiffin has been the Bucs' defensive coordinator since 1996. Marinelli was their defensive line coach.

posted by rhickok at 01:46 PM on January 19

I've heard the only reason Millen hired Marinelli was because he has a lot of Lion's stationary left over with the header, "From the desk of M&M"! New coach, new attitude, blah blah blah, same ole owner, same ole GM. Also, it wasn't the defense that failed the Lions this year.

posted by RedStrike at 01:53 PM on January 19

Like Marinelli says, football is a "show me" sport. so let's just see.

posted by skydive at 02:22 PM on January 19

Marinelli spent the past 10 seasons in Tampa Bay as defensive line coach The guy wasn't even good enough to get a coordinator job but is the best choice the Lions could make? Right.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:37 PM on January 19

Didn't they just fire him? Oh...that was Marriucci...right.

posted by stofer71 at 03:25 PM on January 19

As a former Detroit resident, who remembers Doak Walker, Bobby Lane, Buddy Parker, Jack Christensen, etc, who also went to Charleston High School with Russ Thomas I hope that somehow the "Silver and Blue" can produce the results that made them " The Team" of the late 40s and early 50s. My doubt still remains about Matt Millen.

posted by westcoast at 03:26 PM on January 19

If all of you here loves football in general you can take some time and help!!! I don't care if your a cowboys,49ers,bears, whatever fan just please HELP!!!!

posted by Grrrlacher at 03:39 PM on January 19

I noticed today that Millen seems to have a fetish with the letter "M". Morningwegh, Marriucci, Marinelli.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:34 PM on January 19

I'm just glad they didn't hire Russ Grimm, as it was reported they might. Russ deserves to be a head coach, but I wouldn't wish working for Millen on my worst enemy.

posted by scully at 05:48 PM on January 19

I remember Ownens, Simms, Sanders, Farr, Lane, and many others. Please someone get the Lions back to the team they should be. Fire Millen and buy the team from the Fords, they need the extra money to help the automotive part. A Lions fan forever. HELP!!!!

posted by coach at 06:28 PM on January 19

billysaysthis thats exactly my point man, i was tryin to explain that to a buddy of mine who is a die hard lions fan, i guess he's a millen clone or something tryin to figure out who the best wideouts in the draft are going to be.

posted by chuy at 07:14 PM on January 19

The guy wasn't even good enough to get a coordinator job but is the best choice the Lions could make? Right. I wouldn't let a title fool you, billsaysthis. Until last year, Russ Grimm was the Steelers Offensive Line Coach. But he worked closely with Offensive Coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, to help design the Steelers offense. Ken Whisenhunt was the Tight Ends Coach until being promoted last year when Mike Malarkey became head coach in Buffalo. Last year Russ Grimm wasn't really able to interview for the head coaches openings that were available because the Steelers went so deep in the playoffs (only to lose at home *sigh*). However, the Steelers think he is good enough to be a head coach and so this year he was given the title of Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach. Both Grimm and Whisenhunt have been interviewed this year for head coaching jobs, but they were only permitted to do so up until just before last weeks game against the Colts. From now until a team has been eliminated, no interviews can take place. I don't know if Whisenhunt is ready, but I do think Grimm is. But we'll miss him if he leaves. That being said, I didn't know who Marinelli was until this post was made :)

posted by scully at 09:07 PM on January 19

Tampa Bay--We got Marinelli. We'll give you Millen. Take him--please.

posted by roberts at 04:38 AM on January 20

I would like to welcome the new coach,but he need to review all the tapes over the off season and develop a plan that will workout for the Lions. We need to win some games in the Detroit..

posted by kaithomas at 07:25 AM on January 20

Ok...so when do we get a real QB?

posted by commander cody at 09:40 PM on January 20

I thought about making a wide receiver joke here, but it's just too easy.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:24 PM on January 20

I'm hoping they draft Jay Cutler but Steve Smith (USC) seems more likely.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:42 AM on January 21

I think we've got the hots for Cutler in Miami. At least, I hope we do. I don't think your boys are going to give up on Joey and Jeff, even though, if you put 'em both together, you'd only get a really good second-stringer.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:28 PM on January 21

Are you sure San Francisco doesn't want Garcia back. I'm sure the Lions could trade Garcia and Matt Millen for Julius Peterson.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 06:58 AM on January 22

I'm sure the Lion fans (myself included) would trade Garcia, Millen and Harrington to anyone for Bozo the Clown...and still come out ahead in the deal.

posted by commander cody at 10:52 AM on January 22

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