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    Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    [size=18px]Source: Lions nearing agreement with Marinelli[/size]
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    Rod Marinelli was nearing an agreement with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday night to become their new head coach, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

    The Lions and Marinelli were finalizing contact details Wednesday evening, with a formal announcement expected as early as Thursday.

    Marinelli spent the past 10 seasons in Tampa Bay as defensive line coach. His unit helped establish an NFL record with 69 straight games with at least one sack from 1999 to 2003. He had the title of assistant head coach added in 2002.

    He has not been a head coach at any level but attracted interest from at least one other team with an opening this offseason. The Oakland Raiders interviewed Marinelli on Monday and then he traveled to suburban Detroit for a second interview with Lions president Matt Millen.

    Former New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett said he was scheduled to travel from his home in Louisiana to Michigan on Wednesday night for a second interview. But on Wednesday evening, he told the AP he had not heard from the Lions about his travel arrangements or his prospects for the job.

    Unlike Millen's first two coaching searches, he took his time and interviewed several candidates. Millen hired Marty Mornhinweg quickly in 2001, hoping Cleveland wouldn't hire him. Two years later, Millen hired Steve Mariucci with such haste that he was fined $200,000 by the NFL because he didn't follow the league's minority interview policy.

    With Millen's players and coaches, the Lions are an NFL-worst 21-59 over the past five seasons -- since the former linebacker and TV analyst became an NFL executive for the first time.

    Dick Jauron, who took over when Mariucci was fired in November, was one of many candidates Millen interviewed during a two-week process. Among the coaches Millen also interviewed were: Pittsburgh offensive line coach Russ Grimm, Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Cleveland offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon, Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and San Francisco assistant head coach Mike Singletary.

    Marinelli's coaching career began in 1973 as an assistant at Rosemead (Calif.) High School. He was an assistant at Utah State from 1973-82 before moving on to California for nine seasons, Arizona State for three seasons and Southern California for one season.

    He went to Tampa Bay in 1996 and was the defensive line coach for six seasons. The past four seasons, he also had the title of assistant head coach.

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    Re: Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    Who? Geeze, scraping the bottom of the barrel there boys?

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    Re: Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    Good for us...the Lions will suck for decades!!! Ha Ha!!
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    Re: Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    "ltrey33" wrote:
    Who? Geeze, scraping the bottom of the barrel there boys?
    Well not quite... They could have had Mike Tice. :razz:

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    Re: Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    Once Millen gets the axe from Detroit he should never be allowed within 100 miles of an NFL front office again

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    Re: Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    So it looks like all of the teams in the NFC North (except the Packers as of yet) are gonna be running some sort of version of the Tampa-2. We now will all have ex-Tampa guys overseeing our respective defenses.


    Tomlin/Vikes

    Lovie/Bears

    Marinelli/Lions

    ???/Packers


    Should be interesting...
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    Re: Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    i cant believe you guys havent heard of Marinelli, he is a great coach, I'm very dissapointed in Matt Millen he should have hired Jim Haslet, or Dick Juron. But now they have a coach who will try to make the lions a winner

    Poor randy

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    Re: Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    hmmm i noticed all of the coaches in the nfc north are goin to have diffrent coaches besides the bears and whole new coaching staff

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    Re: Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    I find it kind of odd that they hire a position coach as their head coach, especially when the position he's coached is already the Lions strongest area: defensive line.

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    Re: Lions to name Rod Marinelli Head Coach

    The Lions want to be trendy and want to be about "Defense" becuase Defenses have taken over. The lions will always be a crappy orginization.

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