Not every personnel move is major and earthshaking in the offseason, but one assistant is leaving the Lions and moving on to a full time job. Ryan Silverfield, who was an assistant offensive line coach from November onward, is leaving Detroit and heading down south to Memphis, where he will take the position of offensive line coach. Per Adam Caplan:
#Lions asst OL coach Ryan Silverfield is leaving to accept U of Memphis OL job.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 5, 2016
Ryan joined the Lions after the Black Monday In October, when Jim Caldwell relieved Joe Lombardi, Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan of their duties. It left a vacuum coordinating the offense and coaching the offensive line, and Silverfield was one of those hired to fill it.
Before joining the Lions, Ryan Silverfield was previously an assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings, and has quality control and analyst experience with multiple college teams. At Memphis he will be part of the new coaching staff being assembled by Mike Norvell. Memphis' previous head coach, Justin Fuente, accepted the Virginia Tech head coaching job back at the end of November.