Lions coach on hot seat after another loss

Nov. 25, 2005 at 12:13 PM

DETROIT, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Detroit Lions Coach Steve Mariucci's days in Motor City might be numbered, observers say, following a 27-7 Thanksgiving loss to Atlanta.

It was a game players called "ugly" and "embarrassing."

Team president Matt Millen declined to comment on whether Mariucci's firing was imminent or whether there would be a meeting soon to discuss his future, the Detroit Free Press said.

But, Mariucci accepted responsibility for the state of the team -- all but officially out of the playoff race at 4-7 -- and players openly wondered what was next.

"I don't know what's going to happen or anything like that, but nobody's stupid in here," offensive lineman Damien Woody said.

"There's a lot to do, and it starts with me, and I accept that responsibility," Mariucci told reporters at a post-game news conference.

Asked if he thought he could turn things around, he said: "Yeah. I do."

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