Lions Fire Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano

The Detroit Lions announced Monday that Joe Marciano has been relieved of his duties as special teams coordinator.

Here’s the statement from Lions HC Matt Patricia regarding the move:

“Tonight I spoke to Joe and informed him of my decision to relieve him of his responsibilities with our 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, 64, began his NFL coaching career with the Saints as their TEs and special teams coordinator back in 1986. He spent 10 years in New Orleans before taking positions with the Buccaneers, Texans and Vikings.

The Lions hired Marciano as their special teams coordinator in 2015 and he’s been with the team ever since.

According to Football Outsiders, the Lions ranked No. 29 in the NFL as a special teams unit entering Week 9.

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