The holiday season doesn't bring good tidings for everybody. Just ask those head coaches who are spending the New Year cleaning out their offices.
The Detroit Lions have fired head coach Rod Marinelli, a day after he finished the first 0-16 season in NFL history.
Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the firing was handed down this morning. According to Schefter, the entire coaching staff was fired, with the exception of wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and running backs coach Sam Gash.
The Lions will now begin a coaching search, although it's not clear who will be in charge of the hiring. Lions owner William Clay Ford, who fired team president Matt Millen in September, has not said exactly what the structure of his team's front office will be in 2009. But Ford has said he does not believe the team needs to make big changes in its management.