Teryl Austin expected to interview for Lions promotion on Tuesday


The Lions fired head coach Jim Caldwell on Monday and a member of his staff is reportedly set to interview to be his replacement.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview for the opening on Tuesday. Austin joined the Lions when Caldwell was hired in 2014.

Austin has interviewed for a variety of head coaching openings around the league in recent years without landing a job.

There’s been talk that the Lions may try to hold onto offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, which fits with the defensive slant to the early list of candidates to replace Caldwell. It seems unlikely that Austin would remain in Detroit if they hired Matt Patricia, Steve Wilks or another defensive-focused coach as their new head man.


10 responses to “Teryl Austin expected to interview for Lions promotion on Tuesday

  1. I’d really like to know what people of color think about the Rooney rule? Seems insulting to me, knowing you’re only being interviewed because of your skin color.

  2. Say Rooney Rule if you want. He deserves to be a coach more than these other guys. What’s insulting is every time a minority gets interviewed somebody says it’s Rooney Rule, as if no minority would be interviewed based on their work history. Let’s see what Patricia does without Belichick…nothing.

  3. The Rooney rule is not insulting. It is doing exactly what it is intended to do – give minority coaches experience interviewing for head coach positions. They were never intended to be legitimate interviews. It is working as intended.

  4. I agree with matt2calvin, it would be an insult to not give minorities interviews be everyone is deserving regardless wether we are white,black, asian,latino or any other race, the Steelers are my favorite team we have a minority coach & the Panthers are my 2nd favorite we have a minority coach, I’m from SC and Im a black man,so u see how these 2 worked out.

  5. firerogergoodellnow says:
    January 1, 2018 at 11:49 am
    Rooney Rule
    Of course it is because in your mind black candidates are not qualified

  6. Austin doesn’t care if he’s being interviewed to satisfy the Romney rule…he’s getting an interview and exposure. I’m sure if he doesn’t get the lions job he would interview for the other 6 open HC POSITIONS……IF HES BEING USED TO SATISFY a rule that’s a shame for the owners but. I like that he’s taking every interview to move up to the next level. He’s playing the game.

  7. Considering the Lions inability to stop the run, I don’t see this happening. Austin needs a change of scenery to reach his potential. Some DC jobs will open up around the league. If he can make an impact elsewhere, he’ll get hired a head coach down the road.

    And I’m not sure if he really wants to be the Lions HC. Because he’s the DC and is respected in the locker room, this interview is face-saving thing for both parties. The Lions can say they interviewed him. He can say he was loyal to his (former) employer and parted company under good terms.

  8. Austin had trouble getting the correct number of players on the field numerous times. One time…..9 players.

    Please……don’t hire this guy.

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