Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
In my handful of visits to Detroit during the season, there always seemed to be an undercurrent of distrust between the offensive players and the Lions' offensive coaches. Suffice it to say, the transition from coordinator Mike Martz to Jim Colletto did not go smoothly -- and the changes seemed to chafe veterans like Jon Kitna and Roy Williams.
Williams put those sentiments into pretty blunt words during an appearance Friday on ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" radio show. The Lions traded Williams to Dallas on Oct. 14, but Williams still has some strong opinions on how things went in Detroit:
"They're better than 0-16. I was there. And I just think the coaches didn't put us in the right position to win ball games. I didn't think it was fair to fire coach [Rod] Marinelli. I thought he was the best fit for that team. I didn't think he had a great supporting cast. I'm speaking offensively. That's all I know. But they've got new coaches, so hopefully they can get it turned around."
It's a bit disingenuous for Williams not to hold Marinelli at least partly accountable for the Lions' offensive performance last season. Even if he is known as a defensive specialist, it presumably was his decision to install Colletto as Martz's replacement. Right or wrong, however, it's safe to assume Williams wasn't the only Lions player who felt that way in 2008.
To listen to the entire interview, click here.