Monday, November 28, 2005


I am a Bears fan. I am not a Lions fan. The only time I pay attention to the Lions is when the Bears beat up on them. That being said, on Thanksgiving I watched the Lions absolutely quit against Atlanta. It was a discreditable performance. It looked like time to clean out the locker room and start off.

The Lions did the next best thing to firing the players. They fired their coach. Steve Mariucci was fired after going 15-28 in two-and-a-half seasons. That is not good. On the other hand, the Lions have sucked for a long time. Interestingly, Matt Millen, the team president assembled the roster of quitters Mariucci had to coach, and has been in Detroit since 2001 and the team's record has been 20-55 during his tenure. That's a .267 winning percentage. Mariucci's winning percentage is .349. Oh, and by the way, Mariucci had a winning percentage over .500 in San Francisco and led them to the playoffs four times.

The Lions' official web page says "in addition to the personnel changes on the field, one of Millen’s most important moves was the 2003 hiring of Head Coach Steve Mariucci, who guided the San Francisco 49ers to four 10-win seasons six years at the helm, as the Lions’ new head coach."

Hard to believe that Mariucci got fired. Matt Millen, I'm looking at you.


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