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Gunther Cunningham will remain on Lions staff

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Gunther Cunningham won’t be the defensive coordinator in Detroit next season, but he will still be assisting the team.

Cunningham is listed as a senior coaching assistant on the team’s website, which means that he’ll be back with the team for a sixth season to work with his replacement Teryl Austin.

The Lions have not gone into any detail about what Cunningham’s role will entail, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that he will assist in personnel decisions as well as any coaching responsibilities. Per Birkett, Cunningham is “very thorough in draft/free agent analysis and very in tune with the numbers of the game.”

It’s not the first time that Cunningham has returned to a team in a different role after being let go. He was the head coach in Kansas City in 1999 and 2000 before being replaced by Dick Vermeil, but wound up working for Vermeil as defensive coordinator in 2004 and remaining with the Chiefs for four seasons beyond that.

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14 Responses to “Gunther Cunningham will remain on Lions staff”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 12, 2014 4:12 PM

    Oh joy. Just keep him away from the LBs and DBs and I don’t care what he does.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 12, 2014 4:15 PM

    Men named Gunther are good at taming lions.

    SEE: Gunther Gebel-Williams

  3. Coach John Harbaugh says: Feb 12, 2014 4:17 PM

    this guy was good enough to lose to the Ravens this year

    thats unfortunate #champs

  4. thevikesarebest says: Feb 12, 2014 4:17 PM

    The vikings will own the NFC north next season and the NFC.the packers days are done…joke franchise.THE VIKINGS=NFC north champs2014.oh yea lions you can continue being the female dogs of the NFL.#vikesownnfcnorth.SKOL

  5. jjb0811 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:18 PM

    If he’s so thorough then why do his D’s always stink?

  6. bigwalt2990 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:20 PM

    Mission accomplished.

  7. jda129 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:21 PM

    Now I can sleep.

  8. thevikesarebest says: Feb 12, 2014 4:25 PM

    The vikings own the NFC north and NFC next year.SKOL

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 12, 2014 4:26 PM

    Gunther remains a member of the Lions family. Posthumously.

  10. Stupid Lions Fan says: Feb 12, 2014 4:31 PM

    What a great move, the Lions are finally starting to really get it.

  11. punterturnedpiratelouieaguiarrr says: Feb 12, 2014 4:31 PM

    Go away, Gunther. The game passed you by about eight seasons ago.

  12. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 12, 2014 4:58 PM

    Absurd! The worst-tackling, loudest talking bunch of unprofessional idiots keep their coach. Does nothing to enforce discipline because he’s out of touch.

  13. wisconsinhillfolk says: Feb 13, 2014 10:56 AM

    Awesome!

  14. lovethelions says: Feb 13, 2014 6:03 PM

    BRING BACK KICKOLICIOUS!!!!!

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