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Mornhinweg, Millen Will Return to Lions

January 01, 2003|From Associated Press

DETROIT — Chris Claiborne expected the Detroit Lions to prove their 2-14 record from 2001 was a fluke.

The linebacker realizes a 3-13 mark didn't do that.

"This is a bottom-line business and our bottom line is not pretty," Claiborne said.

Nevertheless, Coach Marty Mornhinweg and team President Matt Millen kept their jobs Tuesday despite being in charge during the worst two-year stretch (5-27) in franchise history, which includes only one playoff victory since winning the 1957 NFL title.

The Lions have been winless on the road in consecutive seasons for the first time and have not won two straight games over the last two seasons.

Two years ago, the Lions were 9-7 and narrowly missed the playoffs after making six postseason appearances in the 1990s.

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