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Lions add Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator

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As expected, new Lions coach Jim Caldwell has tabbed a former Ravens colleague to run Detroit’s defense.

The Lions are hiring Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin as their defensive coordinator, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reported Friday.

Austin, 48, coached the Ravens’ secondary from 2011 through 2013. He also coached the Cardinals’ defensive backs (2003-2006) and the Cardinals’ defensive backs (2007-2009).

The Lions have also reportedly added a former NFL defensive coordinator as their linebackers coach. According to Twentyman, the Lions have hired Bill Sheridan, most recently the Buccaneers’ defensive boss, to work with the club’s linebackers.

In addition, Twentyman reports the Lions are keeping the following assistants: John Bonamego (special teams coordinator), Terry Heffernan (assistant offensive line), Kris Kocurek (assistant defensive line), Bobby Johnson (tight ends), Curtis Modkins (running backs/running game coordinator) and Jim Washburn (assistant defensive line/pass rush specialist). The titles listed for the coaches are from the Lions’ website, but it’s unclear whether any responsibilities will change with Caldwell now the head coach.

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9 Responses to “Lions add Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator”
  1. bassplucker says: Jan 17, 2014 1:22 PM

    Christmas Day for this guy in terms of DL talent anyway. And Levy is a player at LB. If they can shore up their D-backfield and he’s any kind of a coach at all, that side of the ball should be solid.

  2. staffordsyear says: Jan 17, 2014 1:23 PM

    Very nice.. a fresh start is definitely what this team needed, it was getting stale under Schwartz.

  3. chrismgillis says: Jan 17, 2014 1:24 PM

    So he coached the Cardinals DBS 2003-2006 while coaching the Seahawks. he must be a hell of a coach.

  4. tedmurph says: Jan 17, 2014 1:26 PM

    Not wild about Caldwell, he’s OK, but putting together a decent staff. Hugely important to have good coaching there, as the roster hasn’t played up to their obvious talent in recent yrs. That division is there for the taking next yr if they get it right.

  5. captaincanoe says: Jan 17, 2014 1:47 PM

    The Packers will be a 11-13 win team next year and the Bears will be 9-11 win team. Lions opportunity has come and gone.

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:01 PM

    Lol at lions thinking Caldwell is an upgrade

  7. youhurtmyfeelings says: Jan 17, 2014 2:21 PM

    The Redskins name IS staying. There is no question about that. Maybe in 5 years, maybe in 200 years. Eventually the small, deranged, and hypersensitive people who wanted it changed will get bored, and become offended and preoccupied with something else.

  8. Joemontanaflacco says: Jan 17, 2014 5:59 PM

    Looks like the Ravens will have to groom another superstar to fill his shoes. That’s why they’re the Superbowl Champs.

  9. polegojim says: Jan 17, 2014 7:56 PM

    Like the moves… Gunther was good, but D seemed stagnant.

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