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Todd Downing not retained by Lions, according to report

The Detroit Lions have reportedly decided against retaining quarterbacks coach Todd Downing.

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This shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody, but the Detroit Lions are in the market for a new quarterbacks coach. That's because Todd Downing, the quarterbacks coach from Jim Schwartz's staff, has not been retained by new head coach Jim Caldwell, according to a report.

Downing joined the Lions in 2009 as a quality control assistant on offense. In 2010, he became the assistant quarterbacks coach, and he was promoted to the main quarterbacks coach role in 2011. Considering his, well, lack of track record as an NFL coach, many wondered why he was put in charge of directly working with Matthew Stafford, but that's no longer a concern with him not being retained.

Downing joins Scott Linehan, Tim Lappano and Kyle Valero as the offensive assistants who have been let go from Schwartz's staff (that we know about). Expect more news to be released about who is staying and who is going in the coming days.

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