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Sam Gash Hired as Lions Running Backs Coach

The Baltimore Ravens hired Lions running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery a week ago, creating an opening on the once finalized coaching staff. Rather than shake things up too much and have to go through the process of searching for candidates, the Lions decided to just keep the new running backs coach an in-house hire.

According to a source close to the situation, the Lions have hired Sam Gash to coach the running backs. Gash, who was hired last season as an assistant special teams coach, was a logical choice for the position. Not only does he have 12 years of NFL playing experience, but he spent three of those years (2000-02) with the Baltimore Ravens where Jim Colletto was the offensive line coach.
Gash was once a running backs coach with the Jets before coming to Detroit as an assistant special teams coach, so he has experience with his new job.

I'm not exactly sure what the Lions will do with the assistant special teams coach job now that Gash is coaching running backs, but my guess is that he just does both. I guess we'll just have to wait for the Lions to make this hiring official, but in the meantime, here is what the staff looks like now:

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   Sam Gash
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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