5 things to watch: Dan Campbell could become first Lions coach since Rod Marinelli to lose first 5 games
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions (0-4) are still looking for their first win as they prepare to head to Minnesota on Sunday, a place they haven’t won in since 2017. No Lions coach has opened his tenure with five straight losses since 2006, when Rod Marinelli did it with a loss in, you guessed it, Minnesota. That’s nearly an average of two sacks per game, which is, yeah, pretty terrifying. Sooo, yeah, pretty freaking terrifying. Lose him -- the one certifiable threat anywhere in this passing game -- and Detroit could be in some real trouble in Minneapolis.mlive.com
Raiders fire defensive coordinator Paul Guenther
The Las Vegas Raiders fired defensive coordinator Paul Guenther after he failed to make any significant improvement for the unit in nearly three full seasons on the job. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli will take over on an interim basis for the rest of the season. Marinelli has previously served as a head coach in Detroit and defensive coordinator in Chicago and Dallas. He has long ties to Gruden, having served as his defensive line coach for the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 and then rejoining Gruden this season on the Raiders. We got a chance to win all three and see what happens at the end,” defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins said before the announcement.
With Garrett in limbo, Cowboys facing roster choices as well
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett speaks during a news conference following an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)FRISCO, TX – With the future of coach Jason Garrett in limbo, the Dallas Cowboys have other reasons to believe there will be plenty of change in 2020 — 23 of them, to be exact. There was no word by late afternoon Monday from owner Jerry Jones on whether Garrett would return for a 10th full season. “In reflection, I'm very fortunate to have spent the time that I did with coach Garrett,” seven-year center Travis Frederick said Monday in a locker room dotted with large plastic bags holding players' belongings. Quinn led the team with 11 1/2 sacks in his first Dallas season following a trade with Miami.