The Detroit Lions will name former Vikings assistant Scott Linehan as their new offensive coordinator, according to Chris “Al Davis Wants to Marry Me” Mortensen (via Florio). Linehan’s last gig was as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams: His performance there was less-than-exemplary unless you consider an 11-25 record and a mid-season canning exemplary. Before that he was the offensive coordinator at Miami, and before that he was the guru behind the Vikings’ high-flying offense, which featured stars Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss. And speaking of Culpepper…at last report he was also still a member of the Lions, though that will likely change given that Detroit owes him a $2.5 million roster bonus they’d probably prefer not to pay him. But who knows? Maybe new Detroit coach Jim Schwartz thinks Linehan can help return Culpepper to his old form. It is widely believed that, besides the catastrophic knee injury, Linehan leaving the Vikes was the main factor behind Daunte’s precipitous decline, so imporant was the coach’s influence. Of course, Schwartz may also have looked at game-tape of Daunte from last season when he stunk it up even worse than the other Detroit quarterbacks – in which case I imagine Schwartz would prefer to move on.
Culpepper-Linehan Reunion in Detroit?
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