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Lions continue coaching staff shakeup

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More changes are coming on the Lions’ coaching staff.

The Lions fired wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, running backs coach Sam Gash and offensive line coach George Yarno immediately after the season, and now changes appear to be coming on special teams as well. According to the Detroit News, special teams coordinator Danny Crossman has asked to be let out of the final year of his contract so he can take the same position in Buffalo, where his old friend Doug Marrone is the new head coach.

Other than the generally reliable kicker Jason Hanson, the Lions’ special teams were terrible last season, so it seems highly likely that the Lions would be more than happy to let the Bills take on the last year of Crossman’s contract. That’s especially true considering that there’s now a strong candidate available to take over the Lions’ special teams in Alan Lowry, who was recently fired by the Titans. Lowry and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz worked together in Tennessee for 10 years.

Former Jacksonville tight ends coach Bobby Johnson is expected to take the same job on the Lions’ staff, while Tim Lappano, who has coached the tight ends in Detroit the last four seasons, is expected to move to a different spot on the coaching staff.

Jeremiah Washburn, who has spent the last four seasons as assistant offensive line coach, has been named as a likely candidate to take over for the fired Yarno as offensive line coach.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. ET: The Lions have announced that they hired Curtis Modkins as running backs coach/run game coordinator and Bobby Johnson as tight ends coach, that Tim Lappano will serve as wide receivers coach, Jeremiah Washburn will serve as offensive line coach and special teams coordinator Danny Crossman will not return.

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12 Responses to “Lions continue coaching staff shakeup”
  1. thesportgenius says: Jan 14, 2013 12:42 PM

    Rearranging chairs on the Titanic…LOL. How about a new Captain? Time to get rid of Hazlewood….er I mean Schwartz.

  2. wludford says: Jan 14, 2013 12:48 PM

    What’s taking them so long to fire Schwartz?

  3. lionhunter909 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:54 PM

    Good, let’s just hope Stefan Logan has played his last game as a Lion.

  4. Ponder This says: Jan 14, 2013 12:59 PM

    I’m glad they fired the wide receivers coach. Wide receiver was definitely the biggest problem on this team.

  5. andrewfbrowne says: Jan 14, 2013 1:02 PM

    Megatron sets the all time record for yards in a season and his coach gets fired. Seems to me that would be the only guy you keep. I know that they had troubles developing a guy besides Megatron, but that just seems a bit weird.

  6. silvestregonzalez74 says: Jan 14, 2013 1:09 PM

    All the rats are abandoning ship!!!!!

  7. simplesimon1 says: Jan 14, 2013 1:23 PM

    Have a very difficult time understanding how you get rid of the receivers coach and keep the main problem without even as much of any recognition at all, Scott Linehan. Easily the worst playcalling I’ve seen in many years.

    I am a season ticket holder. I watched time and time again, all season long, as he took at least 3 quarters to grasp the other teams defense (which was always as easy as double CJ and play two deep) and, almost always, by the time he figured it out, it was the 4th quarter and the game was pretty much over.

    That being said, I do think Schwartz should get one last chance, at least through the first half of next year, then gone if not going well. I almost jumped for joy when I saw the special teams coach is gone though!!!

  8. larryboodry says: Jan 14, 2013 1:25 PM

    Maybe the next WR coach will finally get that Calvin Johnson guy to earn his damn paycheck.

  9. vikefan says: Jan 14, 2013 1:37 PM

    rest of NFC Norrisl loves to hear schwartz is staying….2 win gimme

  10. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 14, 2013 1:40 PM

    They should draft Wideouts for the next 5 years in the first round.

    Teams that do that are usually champions.

  11. flyeredup says: Jan 14, 2013 2:15 PM

    I think Schwartz has to be the worst coach in the NFL

  12. nfldtw says: Jan 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    Just terrific news!! My team might be dumb enough not to fire the guy but at least hes gone! Getting Alan Lowry would be such an upgrade!

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