Lions could seek defensive-minded coach

Steve Mariucci's firing in Detroit will get the ball rolling on the names of coaches who will be considered as possible replacements.

Updated: November 28, 2005, 7:22 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Considering how poorly Lions president Matt Millen handled the firing of head coach Steve Mariucci, it might be tough to find a suitable replacement in 2006. The Lions will pay Mariucci $11.5 million in 2006 and 2007 not to coach, but the Lions have never been cheap. They are willing to pay top dollar.

Millen wants more of a disciplinarian than Mariucci, who can be a friend to the media and his players. The Lions have loads of attitude problems. They have a crisis at quarterback. ...

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