Linehan Returns to Lions

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

For the second time in three years, the Detroit Lions have turned to an ex-St. Louis Rams coach to try to turn around their dismal offense.

New Lions head coach Jim Schwartz on Friday hired Scott Linehan
as offensive coordinator. The Rams fired Linehan as head coach
after the team opened the 2008-09 season 0-4.

Linehan became the Rams' coach in 2006. Before that, he spent
four years as an offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and
Minnesota Vikings.

Linehan held assistant coaching jobs at the college level for 13
years, with stints at Louisville, Washington, Idaho and UNLV.

Schwartz took the Lions' top coaching job after Rod Marinelli's
firing for leading Detroit to the NFL's first 0-16 season.

It was Schwartz's second major staff hire. On Wednesday, he
brought in veteran assistant Gunther Cunningham as defensive
coordinator and assistant head coach.

In 2006, the Lions also turned to a fired Rams coach to head
their offensive effort. They hired Mike Martz a month after he was
fired by St. Louis. He coached the Rams from 2000-2005, including a
Super Bowl loss in 2001.

The Lions fired Martz one year ago, replacing him with Jim
Colletto.


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