LINEHAN TO THE LIONS
Posted by Mike Florio on January 23, 2009, 1:17 p.m.
Scott Linehan is returning to the general vicinity of his greatest professional exploits.
The NFC North.
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Linehan will become the next offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions.
Five years ago, Linehan helped Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper put together one of the best regular seasons in league history, with a passer rating in excess of 110. But for an even better season from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Culpepper would have been the obvious choice for MVP.
Though Culpepper and Linehan are now reunited in Detroit, the reunion might not last for long. Culpepper is due to receive a $2.5 million roster bonus in March.
And as to anyone who might think that Culpepper’s stellar 2004 season had more to do with the presence of Randy Moss, we’ve got two responses.
First, Moss missed several games that year with a bad hamstring. And Culpepper was nevertheless solid his absence.