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2008 Coaching Staff Finalized

Two former University of Michigan staff members and one former Tampa Bay assistant coach have been added to the Detroit Lions coaching staff to finalize it for the 2008 season.  Scot Loeffler, Michigan's ex-quarterbacks coach, has been hired to serve the same position with the Lions.  Also coming from Michigan is Kevin Tolbert, who was their strength and conditioning coach.  For the Lions, Tolbert will serve as the assistant strength and conditioning coach.  The final addition to the new-look staff is Jimmy Lake, who is the Lions' new secondary coach.&nbasp; Lake comes from Tampa Bay, where he was the assistant defensive backs coach for one of the top passing defenses in the league.

The changes mentioned above are all good ones in my opinion.  Loeffler was a very good QBs coach at Michigan, and I expect him to greatly help Drew Stanton to become a better quarterback.  After all, he is the future of the team, right?  To most that might seem to be a statement that isn't welcomed, but unfortunately it's the truth thanks to Matt Millen's poor drafting skills.  I don't want to sound like a homer since I am a Michigan fan, but if Millen would have waited a year, he could have had a shot at drafting Chad Henne in the second round if he slips that far (I don't think he will).  I'd take Henne over Stanton any day simply because Henne is better and he already is familiar with Loeffler. 

For the new secondary coach, I would expect two things to come from this hire: 1) The Lions will improve their passing defense in 2008, and 2) A first- or second-round draft pick will be spent on a cornerback simply because there is a lack of depth at that position and a lack of talent.  There are many corners in the draft that look promising, so if I were the Lions, I would go after one with my top pick depending on who else is available at other positions of need.

The final addition to the staff isn't necessarily a huge deal, but I will say that Kevin Tolbert was liked by the Michigan players and seems like a good guy, so he should be a good person to have around this team as well.

With all of the firings and hirings complete, here is the 2008 Lions coaching staff:

Head Coach   Rod Marinelli
Offensive Coordinator   Jim Colletto
Assistant Head Coach/Passing Game Coordinator   Kippy Brown
Defensive Coordinator  Joe Barry
Quarterbacks Coach   Scot Loeffler
Running Backs Coach   Wilbert Montgomery
Wide Receivers Coach  Shawn Jefferson
Tight Ends Coach  Pat Carter
Assistant Offensive Line Coach   Mike Barry
Offensive Assistant Coach   Adam Gase
Defensive Line Coach  Joe Cullen
Linebackers Coach  Phil Snow
Secondary Coach   Jimmy Lake
Assistant Secondary Coach  Clayton Lopez
Defensive Quality Control Coach   Don Clemons
Special Teams Coach   Stan Kwan
Assistant Special Teams Coach   Sam Gash
Strength and Conditioning Coach  Malcom Blacken
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach   Kevin Tolbert
Director of Physical Development   Jason Arapoff

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