Before the Detroit Lions can start to develop their new coaching staff, they may continue to suffer losses in the staff they already have. Last week, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin left Detroit to take the same role with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Now it appears the Lions may lose out on another defensive staff member. According to MMQB’s Albert Breer, the Miami Dolphins are trying to hire well-renowned defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.
The Dolphins are trying to hire well-regarded Lions DL coach Kris Kocurek after receiving permission to interview him. Kocurek coached Dolphins star Ndamukong Suh for five years in Detroit.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 17, 2018
As Breer notes, the Lions reportedly gave the Dolphins permission to interview him. They would have to do so, because it’s (presumably) a lateral move to Miami.
But the fact that Bob Quinn allowed Miami to meet with Kocurek suggests something else, too. It suggests that Quinn likely has a plan in place to fill his role. And if that’s the case, we may see more casualtties in the coaching staff on that side of the ball.
Kocurek has been with the Lions ever since 2009, and can be credited with helping develop such defensive line talent as Ndamukong Suh, Ezekiel Ansah and others. He also had a knack of getting the most possible production out of rotational guys like Kerry Hyder, Devin Taylor and Anthony Zettel.
If Kocurek decides to move on, it will be the end of an era for one of the Lions’ most respected coaches. One has to wonder if a guy like defensive backs coach Tony Oden is next or if any coaches on the offensive side of the ball will be poached.