Lions Coach Rod Marinelli – Dead Man Walking

Being at Ford Field on Sunday and in the media room for coach Rod Marinelli was quite an experience. The Lions media, all very nice men just trying to do their jobs, were out on a mission to find out just how and why this team, that started last season so well, has totally collapsed and appears to have quit just five weeks into the 2008 season.

The sad part is you have to feel for Marinelli. He is a leader without a team, and his voice was of little comfort to the media or fans, as lines like “I have no answers” and “put the blame on me” were sprinkled throughout the 12 minutes in which he endured question after question about the Lions, the lack of heart, and his possible future, or lack thereof, as the teams coach.

Detroit has not scored a point in the first quarter this season, has given up 8 passing TD’s and has not recorded a pick, and have lost 11 of their last 12 games. They gave the players six days off in order to clear their heads and get back to business after the bye, but all it got Marinelli and the staff was a 34-7 beating that looked like a state champion high school team beating on a junior high group of 7th graders.

The team tried some new things in the defeat, such as a no-huddle (which Monday was scrapped), and some blitzes, but everytime you looked up Bears QB Kyle Orton seemed to have time to make a sandwich, read a book, then complete a pass to an open receiver.

So consider Marinelli a dead man walking at this point. The team will surly have a complete 100 percent overhaul at seasons end, complete with a new GM and new coach. Someone on local radio suggested Bill Cowher for both after the game, and that would be a start. Then again, right now, playing one competitive game would be a start.

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