It’s been a rough 2018 for former Detroit Lions offensive line coach Ron Prince. First, he—along with head coach Jim Caldwell—was fired on New Year’s Day following a disastrous season for Detroit’s offensive line. But that was just the beginning.
Over the course of the next three months, his name would be dragged across the media as one of the scapegoats for the Lions’ disappointing season. “I’ve been covering the NFL since 2013, and I’ve never heard a coach ripped this much by players, former players and people around the league,” MLive’s Kyle Meinke wrote this week after talking to people within NFL circles at last week’s NFL Combine.
But despite all of the negative press, Prince has already found himself another job in football, and he won’t have to travel too far for his next job. According to Meinke (via 24/7 sports), the Michigan Wolverines have hired Prince to be an offensive assistant alongside Jim Harbaugh. Prince rejoins the college circuit after spending eight years in the NFL, four with the Detroit Lions.
As for Detroit, they will move forward with Jeff Davidson as their offensive line coach. Davidson has a long history of success, especially with developing a running game, but he’s facing one of the toughest tasks in his coaching history. The Lions have had the worst rushing attack in the NFL over the past three years, and Matthew Stafford has spent a lot of his career on his back. Whether Prince was to really blame for all of the Lions’ troubles will soon be sorted out.