Millen Criticized Mariucci in Press-Box Rant Before Firing Him?
Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora told Detroit-area reporters during a conference call Wednesday that after his team beat the Lions on Thanksgiving last year, he was told that Lions executive Matt Millen had been highly critical of his coach, Steve Mariucci, in the press box during the game.
Millen fired Mariucci soon thereafter, and the Lions finished the season with Dick Jauron as their interim coach before Millen hired Rod Marinelli in the offseason.
"We'd heard that Matt had said some things up in the press box.... There's no secrets in this league," said Mora, who is close to Mariucci. "Everything gets out, so we knew what was going on."
The Lions take a 1-6 record this season into Sunday's game against the Falcons.
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