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Detroit Lions Hire Jeff Fisher's Son As Defensive Assistant

It has been a while since there has been any news to report about moves made by the Detroit Lions. Aside from the NFL Draft, no players have been added since the lockout began, and in general things have come to a standstill as far as moves made by the franchise are concerned.

Today, surprisingly, there is actual news to report: Detroit has hired Brandon Fisher, the son of former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, to be an assistant to the defensive coaching staff. Fisher played college football at Montana until a couple years ago and is now hoping to get into the coaching business just like his father.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, of course, coached under the elder Fisher in Tennessee. Fisher actually wanted to hire his son as an assistant while in Tennessee, but the Titans refused and that helped lead to Fisher's departure from the team earlier this offseason.

UPDATE: As Dave Birkett pointed out on Twitter, Fisher fills the void on the coaching staff created when assistant secondary coach Daron Roberts left for West Virginia back in March.

UPDATE II: After the jump is a quick bio on Fisher from the press release the Lions sent out about the news.

Fisher was a standout linebacker at the University of Montana where he played in 54 games (30 starts) and finished with 169 career tackles. As a senior, he was a second team All-Big Sky Conference pick and helped lead the Grizzlies to a 14-1 record with their only loss being to Villanova (23-21) in the Football Championship Subdivision title game. Fisher began his collegiate career as a safety, but began the transition to linebacker in 2008.

As a business marketing major at Montana, Fisher was named to the All-District 7 academic squad with a 3.9 GPA as well the FCS Athletic Director Association's Academic All-Star team. He was also a three-time all-league academic team selection.