- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Detroit Lions apparently moved fast to hire their new special-teams coordinator.
According to a report by Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated, the Lions are hiring veteran coordinator Joe Marciano to fill the spot. The Lions were in need of a coordinator because John Bonamego is in the process of being hired as the new head coach at Central Michigan.
Marciano spent part of last season with the Minnesota Vikings when Mike Priefer was suspended for part of the regular season. Before that, the 60-year-0ld Marciano was the special-teams coach with the Houston Texans from 2002 until 2013.
Before that, he was the special-teams coordinator at Tampa Bay (1996-2001), New Orleans (1986-95) and Philadelphia (1983-85). He also has experience coaching wide receivers or tight ends at Penn State, Villanova, Rhode Island and Temple, his alma mater.
He worked on the same staff as Lions head coach Jim Caldwell for one season in Tampa Bay.
Under Marciano in Houston from 2002 to 2013, the Texans' special teams converted 288 of 364 field goals (79.1 percent) and averaged 42.49 yards per punt (with 37.81 net yards per punt). His teams averaged 22.62 yards per kick return and 9.16 yards per punt return.
Current Lions special-teams coach John Bonamego is in the process of being hired as the new head coach at Central Michigan.