DETROIT, MI -- After dropping a third consecutive contest to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the Detroit Lions aren't exactly helping their cause to show fans promise towards the future. While rookie quarterback Joey Harrington is a welcoming presence, the team's 3-8 mark has many Lions' faithful throwing in the towel on the current regime.
And, after several questionable calls during the 20-17 overtime loss, head coach Marty Mornhinweg has quickly become public enemy number one.
"Marty gave Chicago the game," said Atticus, posting from The Den message board. "Amazing. When he made the call -- I said fire him now. Get an interim coach. This is the stupidest coach around. He's as bad an embarrassment as Wayno. This was unforgivable.
"Fire him now."
Mornhinweg's decision to defer after winning the overtime coin toss, in addition to accepting a holding penalty that gave the Bears another opportunity to throw downfield, didn't just draw heavy criticism, it also became the fodder of jokes.
On ESPN's Sunday Night Football telecast, after the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos went into overtime, a commentator asked whether or not the team who wins the toss should take the ball. The color commentator replied, "Yes, what do you think this is, Detroit?"
The criticism of Mornhinweg didn't end there.
"Should he be given an opportunity to coach next season?" asked FLlionsfan of Mornhinweg. "In a perfect world, the answer is yes. However, I think that it is imperative for a franchise to get a winning coach when it has a chance."
Since taking over the Lions in conjuction with Vice President and GM Matt Millen in 2001, Mornhinweg has posted a 5-22 mark without a road victory. The year previous to their commencement, Detroit posted a 9-7 mark, just missing the playoffs.
Some fans defended the former 49ers' offensive coordinator.
"Let's face it, no matter what decision he would have made, he does not have the
players to step up big in any situation." said Dakardi of The Den message board. "Even if
Lombardi coached this team we'd lose and all of us would complain about the decisions.
"The fact of the matter is that today, Marty asked the defense to come up big and they let him and all of us down."
A poll conducted in The Den didn't exactly speak in favor of Mornhinweg, though. Asking whether or not Mornhinweg should be fired, over 80% of fans polled voted "Yea."