Lions hire Joe Marciano as special teams coordinator


The Lions didn’t take long to find a new special teams coordinator.

Just a day after the news broke that the Lions’ old special teams coordinator, John Bonamego, was leaving to become the head coach at Central Michigan, news has broken that the Lions have found his replacement.

Joe Marciano will be the Lions’ new special teams coordinator, reports.

Marciano has worked with Lions head coach Jim Caldwell before, as they were both on the staff of the 2001 Buccaneers.

The 60-year-old Marciano has a long history as an NFL special teams coach, having coached the special teams in New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Houston for a total of 28 seasons. He was fired along with most of the Texans staff after the 2013 season and spent 2014 assisting with the Vikings’ special teams, assuming coordinator duties while Mike Priefer served a suspension.

15 responses to “Lions hire Joe Marciano as special teams coordinator

  1. I cant believe they didn’t hire that great special teams coach that did so much for the Packers over the last five years but was dumped uncerimoneously by them last week,the Lions made a huge mistake in not hiring Shawn Slocum over this guy.

  2. As an aside.. the Stars staff under Jim Mora Sr. included other current NFL coaches as..
    Dom Capers, Vic Fangio and Carl Smith not bad for an upstart league….screwed by the Donald

  3. contrare he was fired the same day Kubiak was showing a decidedly childish streak in Robert McNair. He could have waited 3 weeks and let O’Brien fire him but he made it a personal thing and fired him on that fateful Friday. Marciano may not have been a great ST coach but he was also the last link to the expansion days and Kubiak would not fire him…

  4. Good for Joe.

    Going to the Lions is a huge step up from Minnesota plus Detroit is such a nicer place to live.

    Enjoy your higher standard of living , Joe.

  5. Can’t be any worse than his predecessor…Didn’t the Lions go through seven kickers and only the Packers were worse at missing kicks or getting them blocked?
    I’m probably in the minority, but I typically don’t judge a team’s ST coach by their kicker. Some kickers are just better than others and it’s the GM’s job to get/keep a competent one on the roster.

    To me, things like routinely blown coverages, an ineffective return game, penalties, blocked punts/kicks, and getting regularly exploited by trick special teams plays are the things that indict a ST coach a lot more than a bad FG % by the kicker. You can replace a kicker, but if your special teams as a unit aren’t getting their jobs done, you have real problems.

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