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John Bonamego will return as Lions special teams coordinator

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Lions coach Jim Caldwell is putting together his first staff in Detroit and he’s decided to hold onto at least one assistant from Jim Schwartz’s staff.

The Lions confirmed that special teams coordinator John Bonamego will return for the 2014 season despite the change in coaches. Bonamego joined the team in 2013 and oversaw units that were solid across the board. The Lions didn’t allow a touchdown return on kickoffs or punts after allowing four of them in 2012 and Jeremy Ross provided a spark to their own return game with a pair of touchdowns.

Ravens defensive backs coach Teryl Austin is expected to join the team as defensive coordinator, which would fill two of the three coordinator spots.

Bonamego’s the only return that’s been announced by the team, but Caldwell is expected to hold onto several other Schwartz assistants. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn will return, while Justin Rogers of reports that¬†running backs coach Curtis Modkins and defensive line assistant Jim Washburn are also expected to return.

Per Birkett, quarterbacks coach Todd Downing, offensive assistant Kyle Valero and assistant linebackers coach Brad Banta will not be back on the staff for the 2014 season.

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6 Responses to “John Bonamego will return as Lions special teams coordinator”
  1. rockbottom37 says: Jan 17, 2014 8:17 AM

    Right move…so far Caldwell knows what he’s doing.

  2. det12 says: Jan 17, 2014 8:20 AM

    Good our special teams was excellent compared to the 2012 season I can only remember us giving up maybe 3 or 4 big plays on special teams compared to 3 or 4 big plays a game in 2012

  3. ahs2 says: Jan 17, 2014 9:36 AM

    I was hoping we could find a way to send the QB coach to Green Bay to “help out” with the development of Aaron Rodgers…mwahahahahahaha!

  4. honalulublue says: Jan 17, 2014 9:44 AM

    I’m wondering if Curtis Modkins is being considered for the OC spot.

  5. samaugster23 says: Jan 17, 2014 9:53 AM

    Still waiting on an OC. I heard Mike Singletary was let go as LB coach in Minn., any thoughts on him coming to the D??????

  6. steveb9995 says: Jan 17, 2014 11:04 AM

    Good. I had hoped he’d keep the Washburns on, as well as Bonamego. I expected Downing to be gone–most people didn’t even know the Lions HAD a QB coach. I hope they steer clear of Tressel too–the guy is not someone who inspires trust or respect after his shenanigans at OSU.

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