Detroit Lions

Lions Lack Of Media Attention Force Meeting With Kotite

6 Oct 1996: Head coach Rich Kotite of the New York Jets shouts out instructions to his players from the sideline during a play in the Jets 34-13 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Peter ComunaleContributor IJune 2, 2010

With attendance down yet again in 2009 and forecasters predicting 16 blackouts for the upcoming season, it appears the Detroit Lions 0-16 season of 2008 has worn its media course. In an attempt to regain the spotlight it appears Lions Head Coach, Jim Schwartz has asked the Lions organization to reach out to former Jets Head Coach Rich Kotite. Schwartz is interested in bringing Kotite in as a coaches adviser for the upcoming 2010 season.

 

It is reported that the Lions would like to sign Kotite to a one year deal worth between sixty and eighty thousand dollars. This deal would also have incentives attached to it, should the Lions tie there 2008 record.

 

When asked about his choice, Schwartz said: "It just made sense to me". "I was impressed by Kotites resume, and even more impressed with Kotites work ethic".

"Here's a guy who wasn't satisfied with his 3-13 record in 1995, so he came back in 1996 and led the Jets to an astonishing 1-15 record". "Where I come from, that's an art"!

The Lions expect to sign Kotite in the next few days, after speaking with Kotites agent Marty Lipschitz, who at 94 is the oldest agent still alive in the business. Kotite is also Marty's only client, which assures the deal of going through quickly. The Lions have also agreed to work around Kotites schedule at Chucky Cheese, where he has played Chucky the mouse for the last 3 years.

 

Peter Comunale

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