Report: Mariucci Tabs Tollner as Coordinator

According to a Detroit Free Press report, Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci has tabbed former 49ers' offensive coordinator Ted Tollner with the same position in Detroit.

According to a Detroit Free Press report, Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci has tabbed former 49ers' offensive coordinator Ted Tollner with the same position in Detroit.

Although the Lions have made no official comment, the team has been combing through available coordinators to replace the retired Sherm Lewis since early January. Toller is apparently their man.

Tollner previously served as a quarterbacks coach under Mariucci in 2002 while with San Francisco, where he was instrumental in the tutoring of 49ers' Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia. Tollner maintained his position in 2003 despite the departure of Mariucci, and was elevated to offensive coordinator at the beginning of this season.

With a young and inexperienced 49ers' offense, including frequent quarterback changes, San Francisco placed 25th in the league in total offense in 2004. Tollner had previous assistant stints with Buffalo, San Diego and Los Angeles (Rams).

Tollner began his coaching career at Woodside High School in 1963, and later coached small San Mateo College from 1968-1972. Tollner spent one season as the offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California before succeeding John Robinson as the head coach between 1983 and 1986. With USC, Tollner notched a Rose Bowl win and a Pac-10 title. He was then head coach at San Diego State from 1994-2001, before returning to the professional ranks.

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