Marinelli has been a longtime college and NFL assistant. He was the Lions’ head coach. But he never had been a defensive coordinator until coach Lovie Smith elevated him to that position during the offseason, which means he’ll be calling defensive plays for the first time when Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson line up at Soldier Field.
Technically, the Minnesota Vikings’ loss to the New Orleans Saints lifted the Lions out of last place in the NFC North for the first time since December 2007. Let’s take it one step further. A win against the Bears would give the Lions a share of first place for the first time since September 2007.
A decade has past since Eddie Murray booted a field goal in the NFL; nearly 20 since he donned a Lions uniform.
But Murray — the team’s second all-time leading scorer — has always made his home in the Detroit area. Murray, who turned 54 on Aug. 29, works for a Troy-based medical supply company and tutors aspiring kickers on the side.
Zac Snyder got hooked on the Lions after his dad took him to a Monday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The show put on by Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson that night was only surpassed by what Zac could do with Barry in a game of Tecmo Super Bowl.