Lions fire assistant coach Derius Swinton

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The Lions have fired another offensive assistant.

Matt Patricia let go of Derius Swinton this week shortly after firing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, Nate Atkins of the Detroit News reports.

Swinton was an offensive assistant and had helped with the special teams after the Lions fired special teams coordinator Joe Marciano at midseason.

Detroit ranked 24th in yards and 25th in points, leading to the offensive overhaul.

Swinton coached the special teams with the Bears last season and the 49ers in 2016. He was San Francisco’s special teams coordinator.

He also has spent time with the Rams, Chiefs and Broncos.

6 responses to “Lions fire assistant coach Derius Swinton

  1. collateral damage from the Cooter firing, although it reduces the pool for potential HCs of colour at the beginning of the pipeline most everyone starts at;

  2. Tough break for him. They fired their special teams coach midseason then also get rid of the guy who was given the very tall order of fixing things on-the-fly part way through a season. How could they even tell if he was any good as an offensive guy if he was spending most all his time on special teams?

  3. Detroit needs a general flush and rinse.

    Lots of mediocrity across the board on the sidelines, and tolerated for far too long.

    Ford’s strength is also a chronic weakness… patience to a fault.

  4. They barely get play making free agents. Barry and Calvin retired cause of it. They trade away good players for late round picks. And the fact that you’re firing guys after only your first season means that it starts from the head coach! He was a clipboard holder for a defense that got lit up in the super bowl. That defense overall was never elite! His super bowl was beating New England! He will be losing his job after next season!

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