Lions' Marinelli insulted by quitting questions

Lions' Marinelli insulted by quitting questions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -The Detroit Lions will have to fire Rod Marinelli if they don't want him to be their coach.
Marinelli bristled at the thought of possibly quitting when the option was suggested Monday, a day after Detroit fell to 0-4 this season and an NFC-worst 10-26 since he was hired in 2006.

``Just you saying that to me, I would take that as a personal insult,'' Marinelli said to a reporter.

Marinelli added that people who think quitting is a possibility don't know him.

Matt Millen once said similar things and now he's a former employee, getting fired two weeks ago as Lions team president after sinking the franchise to an NFL-low 31-84 record over his seven-plus seasons in charge.
onference.

``I won't change,'' he said. ``I believe everything I'm doing in the game of football and how it's being taught. I have 100 percent belief in it.

``Is it getting done yet? No. Am I going to go to work? Yes.''

The third-year coach said he spoke to William Clay Ford before Sunday's game, but Marinelli didn't know when he would speak with the team owner again.

Marinelli said he wouldn't argue with Ford if he chose to fire him.

``I respect authority, which a lot of times that doesn't happen in this country,'' said Marinelli, a Vietnam veteran. ``I look at authority and I take my marching orders from there.''

The Lions insist they're still following Marinelli's lead.

``He's a great coach,'' receiver Mike Furrey said. ``He's so fundamentally sound, teaching guys what to do.

``There's just something going on right now - I don't know if it's football-related - it's so weird. I can't even explain it.''

Some statistics do a pretty good job of showing why the Lions have started so poorly.

They've fallen behind by a combined score of 94-3 to start their first four games, leading to a dubious team record. The Lions have lost by a combined 81 points, breaking their record for point differential through four games, according to STATS. Detroit's teams in 1948, 1942, 2001 and 1946 were outscored by anywhere from 80 to 64 points in their first four games, and none of those teams finished with more than two wins.

Opponents have combined for a 122.1 quarterback rating against the Lions, who allowed every quarterback to be more effective than one of the league's stars: New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre leads the NFL with a 110.8 rating.
Detroit is the only team in the NFL without a point in the first quarter or an interception at any point of a game.

``How do you keep going? We still have a realistic chance to make the playoffs, believe it or not,'' receiver Roy Williams said.

``We can still be 12-4, 10-6 or 11-5. It happened before. It happened with the '92 Chargers. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.''

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I'm insulted by the team this guy puts on the field each week

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The Lions need an overhaul, like they were a new expansion team. It may take two to three years with a great management team and coach. they don't have either yet. I just wonder how long Vegas will let us bet against them!

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People hate the Lions up here. You can count on the rest of the games being blacked out locally because peeps are fed up.

I can't see Marinelli being around next year. He's a nice guy but in way over his head

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The demise of the Detroit Lion franchise is not only sad but also bad for the NFL. Though I'm a Chicago Bear fan some of my favorite football memories involve watching the Lions battle with their bitter rivals in the Black & Blue division (Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Green Bay).

I can still reel off the names...Alex Karras, Carl Sweetan, Lem Barney, Mike Lucci, Joe Schmidt, Dick "Night Train" Lane, Yale Lary, Milt Plum, Pat Studstil, John Gordy, Mel Farr, Dick Lebeau, Lem Barney, Gail Cogdill, Wayne Walker, et.al.

Still remember seeing Chuck Hughes drop dead of a heart attack on the field playing the Bears. Yeah I'm that old and still old school. Wish they would get out of that ugly building and play on real grass, it would be a good first step in bringing back the old Lion mystique.

Ahh the good old days...

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Lions are a lost cause man. Even when they had Barry Sanders they sucked. They could be the worst franchise in professional sports. I am in my thirties and I only remember them being in the playoffs once and I believe they lost in the first round.

Their reputation is so bad now nobody with any talent wants to come here. We get the misfits and the rejects and that is who we have to put on the field. From coaches to players, we have the barely average of them all.

People would still rather play for Crazy Al Davis in Oakland then come here

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Marinellis was going to to re-make the Lions in his own image. He must then be a Douche.

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