(ALLEN PARK, MI)--While the doors to the Detroit Lions organization are closed, there's plenty of activity going on behind them. Larry Kirksey, the Lions wide receiver coach, was fired yesterday by head coach Marty Mornhinweg as he attempts to rebuild his coaching staff.
Kirksey was best known for his work in developing Green Bay wide receiver Robert Ferguson while a member of the Texas A&M coaching staff. Kirksey was also wide receivers coach at the same time Mornhinweg was the offensive coordinator in San Francisco from 1997-99. In San Francisco, Kirksey had the luxury of working with one of the best sets of wide receiver in the NFL. Jerry Rice, J.J. Stokes and Terrell Owens were all 49'ers during his tenure.
Kirksey was the fourth coach to depart the Lions staff this off-season and more could be forthcoming. Offensive coordinator/running backs coach Maurice Carthon (now with Dallas), linebackers coach Glenn Pires and Kirksey were fired while nickle package coach Richard Selcer elected to retire.
Carthon's firing was more of a favor to him than anything else. Carthon, a longtime associate of coach Bill Parcells asked Millen to let him go to Dallas to join Parcells staff as offensive coordinator. By terminating Carthon, he received the remainder of contract and the blessing of Millen and Mornhinweg.
While Sherm Lewis is certainly a front runner to be named offensive coordinator, a position he has held in Minnesota and Green Bay, he is not a shoe-in. Mornhinweg will likely interview other candidates. Lewis has coached both wide receivers and running backs on the NFL level.