Late Thursday night, ESPN’s Josina Anderson broke some interesting news. Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will apparently be traveling to Cincinnati to interview for the Bengals defensive coordinator vacancy. The Bengals current defensive coordinator, Paul Guenther, is not under contract for 2018 and is currently seeking other options.
For the last several offseasons, it looked like the Lions were going to lose Austin to a head coaching job but things never materialized for him. Now it appears, instead, there may be a mutual parting of the ways between the Lions and Austin. Since he is seeking a lateral move to Cincy, it would require permission from the Lions. Detroit obviously granted it to Austin, suggesting they may be planning to move on from Austin, despite the fact that he interviewed for the Lions’ head coach opening earlier in the week.
Austin’s time in Detroit has been far from perfect. Though he earned the attention of the league when he turned 2014’s defense into one of the best in the NFL, the magic slowly wore off as the Lions plummeted to the bottom of the league over the next three years.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you want to see Teryl Austin back with the Lions in some fashion?
My answer: I think Teryl Austin is a fine defensive coordinator and he’ll rightfully get another shot with another team, but his time with the Lions has to be over. Austin will forever be linked with the Caldwell era, and since Bob Quinn decided to blow up the Caldwell era, Austin must go with him.
While the Lions only need a little bump to go from good team to great, a head coaching change is going to be a drastic shift. Quinn knows that the only way that isn’t true is if they decide to promote from within, and that is looking increasingly unlikely.
If Quinn truly believes he will hire the next great coach that will bring championships to Detroit, then he has to go all-in. And that means changing everything.
I like Teryl Austin. Part of me still wishes this entire coaching staff would have been given one more year to see what they could do with just a little more talent—especially on the defensive side of the ball. But the nuclear option has been exercised. There’s no going back. It’s time for a full change.
Do you want Teryl Austin to stay in Detroit for 2018?
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