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Lions Fire Special Teams Coach Joe Marciano

Lions head coach Matt Patricia announced Monday night he has fired special teams coach Joe Marciano, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

“Tonight I spoke to Joe and informed him of my decision to relieve him of his responsibilities with our team,” Patricia said in a statement issued by the team. “I appreciate Joe’s leadership of our special teams units over the last three and a half seasons and have great respect for his many years of service as a coach in the National Football League. On behalf of our team and the entire coaching staff, I want to personally thank Joe for his commitment to the Detroit Lions and wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

Marciano was one of the most senior special teams coordinators in the game. He broke into the NFL as New Orleans’ special teams coordinator in 1986, before moving on to Tampa Bay in 1996, Houston in 2002 and Minnesota in 2014 before landing on Jim Caldwell’s staff in 2015. And he helped turn Detroit’s special teams unit into one of the league’s finest.


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