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Marinelli, Childress face questions on assistants

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
We're not even at the midway point of the season, and already two NFC North coaches are facing questions about the job security of individuals on their coaching staffs.

In Detroit, coach Rod Marinelli was asked Monday if he would consider changing coordinators after an 0-6 start. Marinelli assumed the question pertained to offensive coordinator Jim Colletto (even though defensive coordinator Joe Barry's group has given up more yards than any other NFL team) and said he was not considering a change:

"No -- they have great communication in that room. We go in as an offensive staff and everyone is communicating, and everyone is talking, and all their ideas are left out on the table. So it is a full group working together, and I'll assure you that. We're just not getting it done yet. If I didn't feel it I would, but I think we're all on the same page, and we've just got to coach better, and the players have to play a little bit better."

Later, Marinelli said making an in-season change is "just not me." He added:

"It's just not me. I just feel were doing things right, and when we get that first win, I think we're going to take off. We just got to fight; find a way to get the first win."

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, coach Brad Childress defended special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro, whose group has given up five touchdowns in seven games this season. Two of them came in Sunday's 48-41 loss at Chicago.

Asked if he holds Ferraro accountable for the Vikings' sloppy special teams play, Childress said:

"It all comes back to me. I'm not going to pin it on a coach or a player. It all comes back to me. That's what it is. I'm the guy who has the wins and losses by my record. It's not the special teams guy. It will always all come back to me with wins and losses."