And so the firing of coaches begins. The Detroit Lions, less than 24 hours following their unreal 0-16 season which included their defense allowing over 500 points, Monday fired head coach Rod Marinelli. To say the move was expected is an understatement, as Marinelli is the latest in a line of Lions coaches unable to turn around the struggling franchise.
The Lions became the first team since the 1976 Buccaneers to go winless in a season. That year the expansion Bucs went 0-14. “No competitor wants to go through something like this,” Marinelli said after Sunday’s game. “This is not fun to go through, obviously. But there’s people going through a lot worse than this.”
Marinelli was 10-38 in three seasons in Detroit. The Lions have lost 23 of their last 24 games. The 0-16 record will be a lasting testimony to former GM Matt Millen and the ugly era that he brought to the franchise. With Millen as president of the team from 2001 until he was finally fired on this past September 24th, the Lions won only 31 games.