12/29/2008

Marinelli Canned

January 20, 2011

Sunday night was the last chance for CALVIN JOHNSON and the LIONS to avoid a winless season. But the team, lost against the Packers, 31 to 21. Making the Lions the first team ever to lose 16 games in one season. That has cost the lions their leader. My TV 20's Dave Leval has more on the firing of Rod Marinelli.

Marinelli
"The only injury today is me."

Rod Marinelli remains upbeat as he attends his last news conference as the head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Marinelli
"It starts with me, and I take responsibility."

It comes just hours after Marinelli was fired following his third losing season in Detroit.

Marinelli
"Bottomline is, when you put it on the field, and there's a lack of execution, it echoes back on us. They don't fire players, they fire coaches."

Lions fans had reason to feel optimistic in 2008 after their team went 4-0. But those hopes were dashed as the Lions become just the first team to go 0-16 during the regular season. Fans outside Ford Field do not disagree with Marinelli's firing.

Fan
"Didn't get it done. Feel sorry for the guy."

Marinelli
"You can't go 0-16, and expect to keep your job."

Now Rod Marinelli is looking for a new team to continue his coaching career. In Allen Park, Dave Leval, My TV 20 News at 10.

Marinelli finishes with a 10-38 record in three seasons in Detroit, Meanwhile, Tom Lewand has been promoted to team president while Martin May-hew is the new general manager. We'll hear what the Lions players have to say about their coach being fired in sports.

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