Lions fire their coach
January 28, 2003
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Lions fired coach Marty Mornhinweg on Monday, a month later than expected.
Chief executive Matt Millen said Dec. 31 that Mornhinweg, 5-27 in two seasons, would return for another season. Millen, a former linebacker, was hired two years ago with no front office experience and hired Mornhinweg, who never had been a head coach.
At a news conference, Millen became agitated and thumped a lectern with his fist when it was suggested that the franchise he's in charge of looks like a disaster.
"Whatever it takes to get us to win, you do," Millen said. "And if it takes changing the head coach, then that's what you do. You don't sit idly by and you don't worry about how it's going to look."
Former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci, fired this month, appears to be the leading candidate.
COWBOYS: Defensive back Dwayne Goodrich faces three new charges stemming from a hit-and-run accident that killed two people. In addition to two manslaughter charges, the new charges are for failing to stop and help the victims.
JAGUARS: The team hired assistants Paul Boudreau (offensive line), Ray Hamilton (defensive line), Larry Kirksey (receivers), Paul McCord (special teams) and Mike Sullivan (offensive assistant).
PACKERS: John Bonamego was named special-teams coordinator.
REDSKINS: A state senate committee in Virginia, where the team has its offices, rejected legislation aimed at reducing the team's workers' compensation costs.
ODDS: Las Vegas Sports Consultants, a firm that advises casinos on betting lines, listed the Eagles as 5-1 favorites to win next year's Super Bowl, followed by the Rams at 6-1 and the Bucs and Raiders at 7-1. The Palms Race & Sports Book had the Bucs favored at 5-1.
PRO BOWL: Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards and Patriots center Damien Woody were added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster.
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