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Detroit Lions Hire Former Rams Coach Linehan To Run Offense

NFLGridironGabSenior Analyst IJanuary 23, 2009

The Lions have hired a new offensive coordinator, as they are bringing in former Rams coach Scott Linehan to run the show for a team who will look for more firepower in the 09 season. Linehan resurfaces after being fired by the Rams after an 0-4 start to the 2008 season.

He also has been an offensive coordinator for the Dolphins and Vikings.

New coach Scott Schwartz now has the big two pieces in place for his new staff, as he has Linehan to now run his offense, and on Wednesday he hired former Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham to run his defense. 

The Lions' last season was pretty awful on both sides of the ball, as they put up 16.8 points per game, and allowed 32.3 points per game.

Linehan will take over an offense that ran for just 83.3 yards per game, but does have a good young player in running back Kevin Smith. As for the passing game, they averaged 268.3 yards per game, and have a good up and coming wide out in Calvin Johnson.

The question will be: Who will throw to him? Possibly Matthew Stafford?

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