It's official: Alan Williams is the new secondary coach of the Detroit Lions. We first heard that he was joining Jim Caldwell's coaching staff earlier in the week, and the Lions officially announced the hire on Friday.
Williams joins the Lions after spending the last two seasons in Minnesota as the Vikings' defensive coordinator. Before that, he was the Indianapolis Colts' defensive backs coach from 2002-11 and a defensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001. Caldwell was on the same coaching staff as Williams in both Indy and Tampa, so that likely played a big role in Williams getting the job in Detroit.
In other coaching news, Dave Birkett reports that the Lions are going to add former Arizona Cardinals linebackers coach Matt Raich as a quality control assistant on defense.
The Lions are still assembling their coaching staff, but plan to hire former Ariz Cardinals LBs coach Matt Raich as a defensive QC assistant— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 24, 2014
It appears that the Lions only need to hire a quarterbacks coach and a wide receivers coach to complete their coaching staff, although it's entirely possible that additional positions could be created as well.