As dreaded..er..I mean expected Mariucci decided on old buddy Ted Tollner to be the new OC. My opinion is this is a terrible move. Cronyism at it's worse. Remember the 9ers scored less than all but 2 teams last season. A team that started with Eric Johnson tearing up the league only to be ignored as the season went along. Tollner caved to Barlow whining about not getting the ball enough.
I don't want to hear about how they were so injured and they lost so many players. They didn't take advantage of what little they had. Don't even try to say that he didn't have a QB to work with when the Lions present to him Bloey Harrington and Mice McMahon.
Ultimately, congrats Mariucci, you are now a full fledged Lion. Pass on imaginative OCs to pluck the OC that drove you most offensively talented player insane. Reach deep into a talent pool and grab the guy who at best could be a safe play, known poisen. Way to strive for mediocrity. Is Garcia next? Draft downfield talents like Roy and Ginger Rogers then build you offense to be a 3-8 yard route team. WTF is wrong with this team!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lions' logic.
Here's a link and the story, as if anybody could give a crap about this pathetic attempt to halt the Lions toiletbowl-like descent toward destiny.
BY CURT SYLVESTER
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER
Steve Mariucci has settled on Ted Tollner as the Lions' offensive coordinator, according to persons familiar with the situation at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Tollner, who was the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator this past season, was one of six assistants interviewed by the Lions' head coach in his search for a replacement for Sherman Lewis, who announced his retirement at the end of the 2004 season.
Mariucci also interviewed New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy and Miami quarterbacks coach Marc Trestman, in addition to three Lions assistants -- running backs coach Tom Rathman, quarterbacks coach Greg Olson and offensive line coach Pat Morris.
Sources said Mariucci informed the coordinator candidates of his decision this week during Senior Bowl practices, where most NFL scouts and coaches are watching top draft prospects work out. Lions spokesmen could not confirm the report Tuesday night.
Tollner, 64, had head coaching stints at the College of San Mateo, Southern California, and San Diego State before moving to the NFL as an assistant coach with Buffalo, San Diego and the L.A. Rams.