We all know the Detroit Lions are in the midst of a very important offensive coordinator hiring, but is it possible there’s a lot more around the corner? The Lions have made a few other changes, firing their old cap guru and hiring a new one and firing an offensive assistant. However, as Michael Lombardi hinted at last week, there could be a lot of changes coming this offseason.
Though we’re already almost two weeks deep into the offseason, there’s certainly a chance the Lions make some bigger changes other than an offensive coordinator swap. Matt Patricia had to hastily throw together a coaching staff last year in order to get the team ready before March. Is the defensive staff safe? What will the Lions do at special teams, where they already made an in-season change?
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Should the Lions make any other major coaching changes?
My answer: I guess it depends on your definition of major. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Paul Pasqualoni hire at defensive coordinator, but I think the Lions improved enough by the season’s end to justify bringing him back for another season, especially when you consider the personnel the team was dealing with all season.
However, you have to wonder about the job security of the positional coaches on both sides of the ball. Wide receivers coach Robert Prince has been around since 2014, and can you really say that Lions receivers have improved that much under his tutelage? Detroit’s receivers—even the good ones—aren’t getting much separation. And how long have we waited for guys like TJ Jones to finally develop into a consistent contributor? And on the defensive side of the ball, the only coach that should really feel safe is defensive line coach Bo Davis, who helped quickly turn around the career of A’Shawn Robinson and already has Da’Shawn Hand playing like a potential Pro Bowler.
The fact that the Lions haven’t made any additional moves by now may speak to some of these coaches’ job security, but who knows if that will change once the Lions have their new offensive coordinator in place?