More people mad at Millen 

January, 18, 2006
Lions GM Matt Millen didn't win friends the way he hired Rod Marinelli, the assistant head coach of the Bucs. He didn't call any of the other candidates involved in the process after making the hire. Former Saints coach Jim Haslett had been waiting by his phone Wednesday because Millen told Haslett he would fly to Detroit on Wednesday to meet owner William Clay Ford. Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm, one of the early leaders for the job, never heard he was out of the running. Neither did interim coach Dick Jauron. Basically, Marinelli met with Ford and earned Ford's blessing to get a deal done. Millen also didn't announce the finalists to the media as he said he would.

Marinelli had to be in Fantasyland on Wednesday. Since coming to the NFL in 1996 after a stint as defensive line coach for USC, Marinelli has been considered one of the best pure coaches in the business. He's been masterful on the defensive line for the Bucs. He's been a prime candidate for defensive coordinator jobs but has been refused the chance to interview for those jobs because he's been under contract. Marinelli let his contract run out and won the lottery by getting a head coaching job.

Rams close to decision: The only holdup in the decision on the Rams' head coach was Wednesday's second interview with Bears assistant Ron Rivera. Team president John Shaw has to come out of the Rivera meeting and make a decision. Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron are neck-and-neck in competing for the Rams' job. A decision is getting close. Cameron has the best chance to lure Jim Bates as his defensive coordinator (most recently, Bates held that role for Green Bay).