Many of the Detroit Lions coaching staff—or what’s left of it—are currently in Alabama for the 2018 Senior Bowl. It’s a place where coaches from around the league congregate to watch some of the best players available in the upcoming NFL Draft. It’s also a place where rumors and news tend to leak to the media about coaching staffs around the NFL.
That’s exactly the case this year, as The Detroit News is reporting that two more defensive coaches are on their way out in Detroit. Linebackers coach Bill Sheridan and defensive backs coach Alan Williams have reportedly been told they will not be returning next season. That now makes five defensive coaches the Lions have parted ways with. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is now coaching in Cincinnati, along with defensive line assistant Matt Raich. Kris Kocurek is also reportedly leaving to coach with the Dolphins.
This kind of exodus is to be expected when a team hires a defensive-minded coach. The Lions will hire Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as soon as he becomes available, and one of his first tasks will now be to build almost an entire defensive coaching staff. As of now, the only defensive coaches remaining on staff are cornerbacks coach Tony Oden, defensive quality control coach Steven Williams and defensive assistant/special projects coach George Godsey.
Patricia will also have some work to do on the offensive side of the ball. Detroit currently has two vacancies on that side of the ball: offensive line coach and quarterbacks coach. It was reported on Monday that the Lions will part ways with their current quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan, who has been in high demand for a potential raise elsewhere.