Matt Patricia: Firing ST coach Joe Marciano a “necessary” move

Matt Patricia: Firing ST coach Joe Marciano a “necessary” move

Matt Patricia: Firing ST coach Joe Marciano a “necessary” move

Posted by Josh Alper on November 6, 2018, 2:23 PM EST

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Lions head coach Matt Patricia spoke to reporters on a conference call Tuesday and that meant he addressed Monday’s firing of special teams coordinator Joe Marciano for the first time.

Marciano was hired by the Lions when Jim Caldwell was the head coach in 2015 and Patricia kept him on board when he took over as head coach early this year. The Lions have 15 penalties on special teams this season and have been lackluster across the board in the kicking game.

“It’s never really an easy decision when you have to try to make a move in the middle of the season,” Patricia said, via the Detroit Free Press. “But just kind of taking a look at the evaluation of everything so far, from what we’ve done so far in the season and moving forward, I just thought it was the best thing right now to make that move and kind of go forward without Joe. I have a lot of respect for Joe and appreciate all his hard work and everything he’s done in the league for a long time. He’s a great man, a good person. Just thought the move was necessary.”

Special teams assistant Devin Fitzsimmons, who has been with the Lions since 2014, will take over most of Marciano’s duties. Patricia said that “a lot of coaches on staff that have coached special teams before and in the past and it’ll be a collective group effort to try to make sure that everything is handled” over the rest of the season.

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via ProFootballTalk

November 6, 2018 at 11:27AM


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