Immediately after the 2012 regular season came to a close, the Detroit Lions appeared to be content with special teams coordinator Danny Crossman. He was seemingly retained for 2013, as the Lions didn't make a change at special teams coordinator when other assistants were let go. Things have changed since then, though, as Crossman won't be back with the team in 2013, according to Anwar Richardson.
According to #NFL sources #Lions special teams coach Danny Crossman will not be with team next season.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) January 14, 2013
Right now it isn't completely clear if Crossman left on his own or was fired. It appears to be the former, though. Chris McCosky reports that he is hearing that Crossman will be hired by the Buffalo Bills, indicating that Crossman is the one deciding that a change is needed rather than the Lions. In any case, Crossman is done in Detroit.
I am in 100 percent approval of a change at special teams coordinator. The Lions' slow start in 2012 was caused in large part by the special teams giving up a pair of return touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. While the coverage units improved over the course of the season, there were still other big issues with the Lions' special teams.
The search for a new special teams coordinator may actually already be underway. On Sunday, it was reported that the Lions were denied permission to interview Cleveland Browns special teams coach Chris Tabor. Originally it looked like the Lions were interested in Tabor for another position on their staff, but with Crossman out, it looks like they may in fact have been interested in Tabor for the special teams coordinator position.
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