As rumored, former San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci has agreed to terms to become the new head coach of the Detroit Lions.
Where there is smoke, there is usually fire, if not a smoldering vat waiting to ignite.
After a swift courtship, the Detroit Lions has come to terms with Steve Mariucci to become head coach of the struggling team. According to league sources, Mariucci's deal is for five years at approximately 5 million dollars per season.
Lions spokesman Bill Keenist told The Insiders that Mariucci will be introduced to the assembled media on Wednesday in Detroit.
Marucci, from Iron Mountain, Michigan replaces his former offensive coordinator in San Francisco, Marty Mornhinweg. Mornhinweg was fired after compiling a 5-27 record in two seasons at the Lions helm.
For Marucci, the announcement comes on the heels of a whirlwind month for the successful coach. Fired shortly following the 49ers 31-6 loss to eventual Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay in the second round of the playoffs, Mariucci had been at odds with 49ers owner John York. Despite leading a swift rebuilding project of the salary-cap strapped 49ers, Mariucci's 60-43 record was not good enough to secure his spot with the 49ers.
Mariucci takes over a Lions team that has won just one playoff game since winning the NFL title in 1957.
According to sources close to the Lions, Mariucci will have the title of head coach, but his contract provides his input in all football-related decisions.
Another issue now is at the forefront for the Lions. A league source close to the situation in Detroit tells The Insiders that the Lions and specifically General Manager Matt Millen will face questions from the league office for the non-compliance of the NFL's minority interviewing process. The Lions never publicly named or interviewed any other candidates for the head coach position, other that Mariucci. Previously, the Lions had stated they would do their best to comply within the guidelines of the NFL's policy of interviewing at least one minority candidate.