Posted by Mike Florio on December 29, 2008, 9:06 a.m. EST
A day after completing the first 0-16 season in NFL history, Lions coach Rod Marinelli has gotten his parting gift.
Jay Glazer of FOX and Adam Schefter of NFL Network report that the Lions have fired Marinelli.
Marinelli was 10-38 in three years on the job. When hired in 2006, Marinelli was touted highly by various voices in the media, even though he’d never previously been so much as interviewed for a head-coaching job.
Per Schefter, the Lions also fired the entire defensive staff and all offensive assistants except running backs coach Sam Gash and receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.
For the Lions, it’s a good start. And the team shouldn’t stop there. After the supreme embarrassment of an 0-16 season, everyone should be fired.
If we learned nothing else this year, it’s that a bad team can reverse its fortunes quickly.