With as many position coaches as the Lions are turning over this year, at least one will remain in Detroit for the time being. Defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who has been with the team since 2009, was apparently being looked at by the Philadelphia Eagles to join their new staff growing under first-time head coach Doug Pederson. However, on Tuesday the Eagles were denied a chance to interview him, guaranteeing that they will not land him.
Per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
#Eagles requested to interview Lions DL coach Kris Kocurek and were denied. Was with Jim Schwartz there. A teacher of attacking 4-3 front.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 26, 2016
As Jeff mentions, Kocurek was undoubtedly being tapped to come to Philadelphia in part because of former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, who was hired earlier in the offseason as Philly's defensive coordinator. Schwartz was the one responsible for Kocurek's hire in Detroit, joining his staff in the first year of the Schwartz era back in 2009. It would be no surprise that Schwartz would want his own men to join him in Philadelphia to forge the new defense there, but that will not be the case now.