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Marinelli fired after historic 0-16 season

Updated: December 29, 2008, 6:56 PM ET
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Rod Marinelli will be remembered as the first and perhaps only coach of an 0-16 team in NFL history.

If someone recognizes Marinelli for that dubious distinction in the future, he won't put up a fight.

"I'd accept it and move on," Marinelli said Monday being fired by the Detroit Lions. "I wouldn't give an excuse and I wouldn't give an explanation."

Even on Marinelli's way out, he wouldn't blame former president Matt Millen for making his job moot because ...

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