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Marcus Robertson is the new Lions defensive backs coach

The Lions found themselves in need of a new defensive backs coach after Tim Walton took the defensive coordinator job in St. Louis earlier this week and it didn’t take them long to fill it.

The team announced Thursday that Marcus Robertson would be promoted from his assistant defensive backs job to replace Walton. Robertson joined the Lions before last season and spent the previous five seasons as an assistant in Tennessee. Some of those years were spent working with Schwartz and Robertson also played for Schwartz at the tail end of his 10-year playing career with the Oilers and Titans.

Continuity would seem to be a plus to staying in-house, although the Lions secondary wasn’t all that great last year and there’s going to be some changes to the personnel. Safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey and cornerback Chris Houston are set to become free agents and the team has already spoken with former Bills safety George Wilson.

Robertson may not know the names, but he should get better health at least. The top five Detroit defensive backs played a grand total of one game together last year, something that’s not likely to happen again in 2013.

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6 Responses to “Marcus Robertson is the new Lions defensive backs coach”
  1. whatjusthapped says: Feb 14, 2013 5:52 PM

    Its akin to being promoted to be the Recreational Director on the Titanic.

    The Lion’s secondary is god awful last year and this year isn’t looking too good.

  2. lionsdraftguy says: Feb 14, 2013 5:54 PM

    Maybe this guy can make Delmas not so overrated.

  3. pc1976 says: Feb 14, 2013 6:21 PM

    There wasn’t much talent there, but the Lions pass defense moved up from 22nd to 14th in yards conceded last year. And this wasn’t a team that offenses didn’t need to pass on

  4. weaselpuppy says: Feb 15, 2013 12:21 AM

    21 different guys played Db or were projected to play DB out of camp…twenty freakin one…., that won’t happen ever again…except it did back in 03 I think too for the Lions…Otis Smith signed off the street, Todd Lyght in his swift decline, Bracey Walker…that crew….

    They have to get Delmas re-signed (cheap because of his past health), add a reliable #2 safety in the draft…and then they’ll only be missing a #1 and #2 caliber corner! Woo!

  5. noeffinway says: Feb 15, 2013 2:27 AM

    Very well done Mr. Alper. Well written and no childish slams. kudos

  6. voiceofreason says: Feb 15, 2013 7:04 AM

    They played together for about 1 qtr of 1 game…

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