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Paul Wezner - LionsFans.com
Coming into this season, the Detroit Lions were expecting to see the defense carry the team early in the season, as the players became familiar with the new offense.
Unfortunately, that never happened from the first defensive snap.
So, after the season concluded, Mornhinweg's first act was to fix the problem. And, when a problem needs to be fixed, it is often the person at the top that takes the heat. And so, the Head of the Lion defense, Defensive Coordinator Vince Tobin, was let go on Monday.
The release of Tobin sparks an obvious interest on the part of Mornhinweg to fix a defense that finished the season ranked 28th in the NFL.
It was believed that Tobin was originally due to his experience as both a Head Coach and as a Defensive Coordinator. With Mornhinweg taking the role as Offensive Coordinator as well as Head Coach, Mornhinweg needed someone with experience who could run the defense without much help from Mornhinweg. Tobin fit the bill.
With the obvious struggle of the defense, Mornhinweg will more than likely take a more involved role in the defense. This could likely see Mornhinweg hire an Offensive Coordinator, if not to call the plays during the games to at least ease the burden of week-to-week game plans. No word yet on who Mornhinweg is looking at to replace Tobin.