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Rob Parker Leaves Detroit News After Question to Lions Coach Rod Marinelli
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 6th 2009 6:35PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, NFL Media Watch
columnist Rob Parker was harshly criticized last month after he badgered Lions coach Rod Marinelli over his daughter’s marriage to his defensive coordinator. Now he’s out of work because of it:
“He doesn’t work here any more,” Managing Editor DonaldNauss said. He said Parker resigned on Friday. Asked whether this followed a suspension of his column, Nauss said, “I can’t talk about personnel matters.”
Parker reportedly was demoted from columnist to general assignment reporter because of the incident, and he apparently resigned because of that demotion.

Marinelli’s Lions became the first team in NFL history to finish a season 0-16, and the Lions’ defense was the worst in the league under coordinator Joe Barry, who is married to Marinelli’s daughter. At Marinelli’s press conference following the Lions’ Week 16 loss to the Saints, Parker asked, “Do you wish your daughter would have married a better defensive coordinator?”

Parker later apologized, but Marinelli said he did not accept the apology.

Parker also appears on ESPN, which did not take any action over his comments.

Rob Parker: Journalists Should ‘Stick the Knife in, Turn it and Draw Blood’
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 7th 2009 9:52AM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, NFL Media Watch
Rob Parker, the former writer who resigned from the paper in the wake of a controversial question to ex-Lions coach Rod Marinelli, appeared on ESPN Radio this morning to defend himself, and he stressed that he wasn’t fired.

“I asked the paper for a buyout and they granted me one,” Parker said.

Parker was reportedly demoted from columnist to general assignment reporter after he asked Marinelli (whose son-in-law was his defensive coordinator), “Do you wish your daughter would have married a better defensive coordinator?” But Parker said that’s not the only reason he asked for the buyout.Continue Reading

Wayne Huizenga Says Parcells Is ‘Going to Stay’ Even if He Sells the Dolphins
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 4th 2009 10:14PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Dolphins, Lions, NFL Coaching, NFL Media WatchThe Miami Dolphins have now officially ended their 2008 season, which means it’s front office time again. Well, at least after they deal with landing a new owner.

Some controversy has circulated around Wayne Huizenga’s sale of the Miami Dolphins during this offseason; most of it’s politically infused, and, actually, the sell kind of makes sense from that fiscal standpoint. Of course, there’s one other bit of controversy: if Wayne sells the franchise, Bill Parcells has a clause in his contract that lets him walk out of Miami with $12 million in hand.
“Bill’s going to stay,” Huizenga said after the Dolphins’ 27-9 loss to Baltimore.

“He told me [Friday] he’s going to stay.”
That’s a pleasant stance to take and all — and probably one that Huizenga to take, since he doesn’t want to make it appear like his organization could crumble; after all, despite the great job that Tony Sparano has done, Parcells is the one who very, very quickly took the Fins from 1-15 all the way to the playoffs.

And as a result of his front office success, you’d have to think Parcells would be highly sought after by a team like, say, the Lions, would he come available on the market. None of that means he’ll leave, but at least he’ll certainly have some leverage with the new owner.

NFL Amazed at Incompetence of Detroit Lions Owner William Clay Ford
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Jan 5th 2009 12:17PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Lions
Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford is incompetent. As the grandson of Henry Ford, he always has been and always will be a very rich man, but he’s never accomplished anything in his life on his own merits, and in his 45 years owning the Lions, he has proven time and again that he hasn’t a clue how to run a football team.

I thought everyone who followed football knew this, but apparently not. Peter King writes at SI.com that the football world is shocked — shocked! — by the latest example of Ford’s incompetence:
I think no one in the league — and I mean no one — can believe William Clay Ford didn’t move to hire a new GM (even though there is great respect for Martin Mayhew) and the front-office staff.
King is well connected in the NFL, and I guess all of his league sources are telling him they’re surprised that Ford didn’t overhaul his front office. But really, why would anyone expect Ford to do such a thing? What has Ford ever done that would make anyone expect him to suddenly make big changes to his franchise, after 45 years of being the worst owner in the NFL?

The bottom line is that as long as this man owns this team, this team is going to stink. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

The Bears, the Blitz and the Tampa 2
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 5th 2009 7:32PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Buccaneers, Colts, LionsThe phrase “Tampa 2 Defense” is one of those phrases that has been used, re-used and mis-used in football so often that it’s almost lost its meaning. Much like the “West Coast Offense,” the “Tampa 2 Defense” has elements that are used by every team and isn’t used exclusively by any team.

But one of the aspects of the Tampa 2 that is supposed to be a fairly hard and fast rule is that Tampa 2 teams generate their pass rush almost exclusively from the four down linemen, and not from blitzing with linebackers or defensive backs. So it’s a little surprising to look at the numbers and see that in reality, one of those Tampa 2 teams, the Chicago Bears, actually blitz a whole lot.Continue Reading

Bears Covet Rod Marinelli, But He May Hold Out for Better Offers
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 3rd 2009 3:30PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Lions, NFC North, NFL CoachingFresh off a historic season in Detroit, Rod Marinelli is being wooed by the Chicago Bears as a possible defensive line or assistant head coach. Marinelli was on the same staff as Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay, and the two are great friends.

Look, it’s easy to snicker and point to the record as a head coach, but some people are better suited as assistants, and I believe Marinelli would be a very solid defensive coach. Look at Cam Cameron as a good example. He was 1-15 in his one year Miami stint, but he can do wonders in just one season for an offense — just ask the Baltimore Ravens. I’m not saying Marinelli is as talented on the defensive side of the ball, but he certainly can’t hurt anything.

Of course, Marinelli may not even want a job with the Bears, according to his agent, Frank Bauer. Bauer said Marinelli wants to continue as a head coach but understands the circumstances.

“I think anybody would love to be a head coach, but he would become an assistant and then come back through,” Bauer said.Continue Reading

Matt Millen Breaks His Silence, Says Watching Detroit Lions Go 0-16 ‘Was Brutal’
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 3rd 2009 4:16PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, NFL Media WatchMatt Millen, the man who turned the Detroit Lions into the worst team in NFL history, has made his first public appearance since he was fired as team president in September, appearing on NBC’s pregame show before today’s Falcons-Cardinals game.

Asked by NBC’s Dan Patrick how he felt watching the team he built go 0-16, Millen said, “It was brutal, obviously. Knowing everybody up there … watching it unfold, it was probably harder watching it from home than it was when you’re up there.”

Millen said he was “completely responsible” for the Lions’ 0-16 record, adding, “You can say something about the coaching, you can say something about the players, but inevitably, I’m responsible for them.”

When Patrick asked Millen, “Would you have fired you?” Millen answered, “Yeah, I would have.”Continue Reading

For Lions, Rod Marinelli Might Be Gone but His Spirit Lives On
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 1st 2009 3:30PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, NFC North, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching

I don’t know enough about Tom Lewand or Martin Mayhew to comment on whether Lions owner William Clay Ford was wise to promote from within the organization, but history suggests that no one would’ve complained if Ford blew up the whole operation and started over.

The franchise has just 40 wins this decade, which is slightly more impressive when you consider that the total includes the recently completed 0-for-’08 run. (Not really; it works out to 5 wins a season versus 4.4 wins a season. In the salary-cap era, that blows.) Perhaps predictably, Clay decided to, as they say, stay the course and give current team employees Lewand and Mayhew shiny new titles.

Not surprisingly, the 2009 Lions look very similar to the versions that preceded it. Which is to say: unimpressive and out of sorts. Via PFT, the first post-Rod Marinelli press conference provided plenty of unintentional hilarity. Because after all, laughter — even if accidental — is the best medicine. Or something.Continue Reading

The Zebra Report Finale: 2008 Version
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 31st 2008 3:45PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Browns, Dolphins, Jets, Lions, Packers, Steelers, Texans, AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, NFC North, NFL Referees

Before I go getting all sentimental, we have a few plays to check out for this week.

1. The Bears got jobbed on a spot in their game on a third down. It appeared it should have been about a yard and a half or even two yards to gain for a first down. The spot ended up being about a half yard short of the line to gain. I have no problem with the officials, because in fast motion it appeared the receiver wasn’t touched before rolling forward for just over a yard. Plus, due to positioning circumstances, they’d be in a huge hurry to get the exact line. Those are tough. My problem, however, lies in the replay rules. The Bears were not allowed to challenge the spot because the Texans didn’t gain a first down.Continue Reading

Lions Take Big Step Toward 0-16, Let DeShawn Wynn Run for 73-Yard TD
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 1:16PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Lions, Packers

The Detroit Lions need someone to step up and make a play if they’re going to avoid finishing 0-16. In the early going, no one has.

In fact, the Lions’ defense looked even more pathetic than usual in he first quarter today at Green Bay. With the Packers facing third-and-4 at their own 27-yard line, running back DeShawn Wynn took the ball around the right end and raced downfield, looking like he was zipping through a high school defense as no Lion could come close to tackling him. Wynn entered today’s game with one carry for four yards this season, but he scored a 73-yard touchdown to get the Packers off to a 7-0 lead against the Lions.

On offense, Detroit has had the ball twice and punted twice. The Lions are closing in on 0-16.

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