Lions fire special teams coordinator Marciano

With Detroit ranked last in the NFL in punt coverage and 24th of 32 teams in kickoff coverage, the Lions fired special teams coach Joe Marciano on Monday.Head coach Matt Patricia issued a statement that read in part, “I appreciate Joe’s leadership of our special teams units over the last three and a half seasons and have great respect for his many years of service as a coach in the National Football League. On behalf of our team and the entire coaching staff, I want to personally thank Joe for his commitment to the Detroit Lions and wish him and his family the best moving forward.”In a 24-9 loss to the Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota gained 24 yards on its lone punt return, by Marcus Sherels. That gave Lions’ opponents a 20.6-yard average on 10 punt returns this season.Detroit is allowing 25.1 yards per kickoff return.The Lions are 18th in the NFL in net punting average (41.3 yards), with Sam Martin rating 12th in gross punting average (45.4 yards).