Lions New Coach Makes First Hire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday Jan. 23, 2009
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- New Lions coach Jim Schwartz has hired ex-St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan as Detroit's offensive coordinator.

The Lions withheld terms of the deal on Friday. The Rams fired Linehan this season after the team opened up 0-4.

Linehan became Rams coach in 2006. Before that, he spent four years as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. He also coached at the college level for 13 years.

Schwartz took the Lions' top job after Rod Marinelli's firing for leading Detroit to the NFL's first 0-16 season.

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