According to multiple reports, Detroit Lions hired Joe Marciano as their special teams coach. The news comes as the team has lost John Bonamego to the Central Michigan University football program. Marciano, who spent a number of years as the Houston Texans special teams coach, comes to a team that has some question marks. Current kicker Matt Prater is a free agent. Current return man Jeremy Ross is a restricted free agent and was lackluster last season. Punter Sam Martin is the only player who is guaranteed to be in the same role next season.
Marciano, by the numbers, had 5 of his 12 seasons with the Houston Texans end with a top 10 special teams unit according to Football Outsiders. By comparison, the Detroit Lions finished last season ranked 31st. His last four seasons with the Texans were among the 7 that did not rank in the top 10. His last two seasons he ranked last and 29th, which ultimately led to his termination.
It will be interesting to see which Marciano the Detroit Lions are getting. If they are getting the coach that produces top 10 units, the Lions are upgrading here. If they are getting the Marciano who coached the last 4 seasons of the Texans poor special teams play, the move is a lateral, if not a downgrade.