The Electric Commentary

Monday, November 28, 2005

Mooch is out in Detroit

The firing of Steve Mariucci was announced by the Lions moments ago. Expect Green Bay fans to immediately call for the firing of Mike Sherman and hiring of Mooch even though Mariucci has done little to show that he can be a successful coach in the NFL (although I'm willing to cut him some slack, as the Lions have one of the worst front offices in football).

The Lions loss to Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day was one of the worst coaching performances I've ever witnessed. When you run the ball only 12 times against a team that allowed Samkon Gado to rush for over 100 yards and 3 scores, and you're averaging 5.8 yards per carry (excluding QB runs), and you pass on almost every snap even when the game is still close, maybe you deserve to get fired.

Heck, maybe you were trying to get fired.


  • Good coaches show through circumstances if given enough time. Mariucci had enough time.

    There will be talk of bringing him in to help Favre throw less INT's, but let's face it, Harrington still sucks. Holmgren's discipline & strategy was more crucial. (And as you've said before a running game.)

    By Anonymous Scott, at 12:21 PM  

  • I couldn't agree more with your comments regarding the Lions front office. I mean, seriously, how in the world was Matt Millen qualified to run the front office? The fact that he was (in my opinion) the best color analyst in football?

    The Lions front office ineptitude was clearly demonstrated by the drafting of Mike Williams. Roy Williams had a great rookie season and Charles Rogers was coming back from an injury so you waste a top ten pick on...another wide receiver? The only thing I can think of was that somehow management thought Mike Williams was going to be the next Randy Moss (who the Vikings drafted when they already had Cris "push off" Carter and Jake Reed.)

    Personally, I think Mariucci did the best he could with the talent he had but the writing was on the wall when Harrington didn't "breakout" last year.

    By Anonymous Spenser, at 12:54 PM  

  • As a Lions fan, I kind of hope that Green Bay (or any other team, for that matter) picks up Mariucci. If this happens, it'll make him the first Lions head coach in at least 20 years to get another head coaching job in the NFL.

    By Blogger dhodge, at 1:03 PM  

  • Wow. I've heard some people didn't think Millen was as terrible as I thought he was at color, but I've never heard anyone claim he was the best (even if it's all opinion).

    Seriously, I think the only thing that pains me more than listening to Millen do a game is listening to Bill Walton say anything.

    Oh well, all the power to you. I guess those years of Packer games where we were "lucky" enough to "land" Millen doing the games wasn't excruciating to you. Lucky you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:31 PM  

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    By Anonymous rf, at 7:04 PM  

  • Steve deserves no sympathy, none! I no little about football, but I do now this: He is incompetent. Penalties, the lions get so many penalties per game, it is ridiculous. That is ultimately the coach's fault.

    By Anonymous Phil, at 8:21 PM  

  • Yes, I'll admit it, I liked Matt Millen as a color analyst. I think it was due to the fact that during my final semester of college I was commuting and always ended up listening to MNF on the radio on my way home...I guess he kind of grew on me. Anyway, it was just my opinion...and BTW, I completely agree with you on Bill Walton.

    Just to satisfy my curiosity, who do you think is the best football color man?

    By Anonymous Spenser, at 11:04 AM  

  • I'm not sure I agree that Mariucci is a bad coach (not that he's a great one), and I bet he'll get another chance to coach in the NFL. I think certain team are just dysfunctional regardless of their coach. Look at the Redskins recently, and Green with the Cards now. The Lions pulled few punches in insulting Mariucci's abilities yesterday, which I feel is them trying to save their own face. They'll bring in another coach, and he'll stink just as badly.

    By Blogger Mike, at 11:08 AM  

  • I don't know that I have a favorite color man. Most of them are just "eh" in my opinion. Now that Millen's not in the booth anymore, Bill Maas is my most-irritant color man. No one in recent memory sticks out as a great color man. I guess I probably like Phil Simms the best these days, but I don't think that has anything to do with him -- I think I just like Jim Nantz calling games, so the color guy just gets the nod by association. For some reason, I don't mind alot of the color guys that others find excruciating. I have never minded Madden (although he has gone noticeably downhill the last few years) or Dierdorf or even Glanville. Millen, and now Maas, though, just rub me the wrong way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:24 PM  

  • However good or bad Mariucci may be good coaches get results over time unless personnel is horrible (the Lions are not devoid of talent). without even any average players. Even then it is often very apparent that the team is well coached. Your examples of Redskins and Arizona fail as Dennis Green has not been there long enough to be judged & Gibbs has made the Redskins respectable, with room for improvement.

    By Anonymous Scott, at 3:18 PM  

  • Good points, Scott. I wasn't just talking about Gibbs with the 'Skins, but with the last several. I can't imagine it's fun to work for Snyder or for Millen.

    And with Green, I'll bet he never turns the Cards around. It's a dysfunctional organization, and has been for decades. Few could overcome that.

    I think poor organizations negate the abilities of a coach with decent ability, as I feel Mooch and Green are.

    By Blogger Mike, at 10:54 AM  

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