ALLEN PARK - Some news and notes involving the Detroit Lions over the weekend.
The Lions have denied the San Francisco 49ers permission to speak to running backs Tom Rathman for a similar position in the Bay area. Since Rathman is under contract Detroit can continue to deny permission. League protocol usually states that if a coach is interviewing for a promotion permission is given. Detroit is not interested in assisting an NFC competitor at their own expense.
A broadcast report originating in New Orleans erroneously reported that Detroit had offered the position to Saints offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy. That apparently is not the case. McCarthy is expected to interview with the Baltimore Ravens this weekend. Despite the erroneous nature of the report, McCarthy is still the front runner in Detroit and is seriously considering an offer to join the Lions coaching staff as well as offers from Jacksonville, San Francisco, Cleveland and Tennesee.
"I'm keeping all of my options open," McCarthy told the New Orleans Times
Former Lions quarterback coach Marc Trestman is in the mix for the vacant offensive coordinator's job in Detroit. Trestman was the quarterback's coach last season for the Miami Dolphins and is familiar with the west coast offensive system the Lions run.
Detroit will raise prices on some seats at Ford Field next season. The
lower level corner and end zone seats along with upper level sideline seats will
rise from $57 to $62 per game. The Upper level corner and end zone seats
will go from $40 to $43. The family fun zone seats, formerly known as the
bleachers also rise from $40 to $43 per seat.
Former Lions defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer, who was fired in Detroit last season and replaced by current coordinator Dick Jauron, was fired again by the Green Bay Packers from his job as secondary coach.