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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Marinelli, Ford meet


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

NFL head coaches meet and speak frequently with their team owners, but the discussions take on more public meaning when the team is 0-4 -- and heading to 0-and-who-knows. So it was newsworthy this week to learn thatDetroit coach Rod Marinelli met Monday with Lions owner William Clay Ford, a day after the team's 34-7 home debacle against Chicago.

According to Marinelli, there was no discussion about his future with the team. He said earlier this week he would "never" resign.

"I always tell him the truth and what I feel, but I also put it on me," Marinelli told reporters in Detroit. "It's my job. That's what I'm supposed to do, win here."

Marinelli said there were no clues to be gained from Ford's demeanor.

"I never try to read nothing into anything," he said. "I just go in and explain where we're at and what we're trying to do."

The conventional wisdom is that Marinelli will have the rest of this season to prove he should get a fourth as Lions coach. Although Ford already has fired president/general manager Matt Millen, there isn't an obvious in-house replacement for Marinelli to coach out the rest of the season if he fired.

Continuing around the NFC North: