Updated: January 23, 2009, 7:30 PM EST from MSN.COM sports 51 comments ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - For the second time in three years, the Detroit Lions have turned to an ex-St. Louis Rams coach to try to turn around their dismal offense. New Lions coach Jim Schwartz on Friday hired Scott Linehan as offensive coordinator. The Rams fired Linehan as head coach after the team opened the 2008-09 season 0-4. "Scott brings a lot of experience, not only to the offensive coordinator position, but also coaching the quarterbacks, which is a job description for our offensive coordinator, and also head coaching experience in the NFL," Schwartz said at a news conference. In 2006, the Lions also turned to a fired Rams coach to head their offensive effort. They hired Mike Martz a month after he was fired by St. Louis. He coached the Rams from 2000-2005, including a Super Bowl loss in 2001. The Lions fired Martz one year ago, replacing him with Jim Colletto. Linehan became the Rams' coach in 2006. Before that, he spent four years as an offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. Schwartz drew a connection between Linehan's time in Miami and the upcoming challenges for the Lions. What's Hot: "He came from Minnesota where he had had some pretty good success and went to Miami on a team that - probably a lot like us here - was going through a transformation, a new program and those kinds of things," Schwartz said. "(He) had a lot of success with a defensive-minded head coach in executing that vision that Nick (Saban) had and he turned it into a head coaching - Well these guys are't complete dolts but they seem like NFL hangers-on instead of leaders.