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Lions Hire Scott Linehan as Offensive Coordinator

Former Rams head coach Scott Linehan has been hired to be the Lions' offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Chris Mortenson.

Linehan declined the 49ers' offer Sunday, saying he wasn't ready to commit to his next coaching move.

Linehan, a respected former offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings, was fired four games into his third season as the Rams' coach last September.

Linehan was the Vikings' offensive coordinator when Daunte Culpepper was in Minnesota, so I wouldn't bet on Culpepper being released anytime soon.  Hopefully the two can pull off some success in Detroit that rivals what they did in Minnesota.

UPDATE: The Lions have confirmed that Linehan has been hired.