We have our first report on an interview for the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator job. As Thursday’s report from Alex Marvez suggested, the Lions are interested in former Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the interests goes a little further. Rapoport is saying that the Lions have already completed an interview with Hackett:
Former #Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett is in Green Bay today interviewing for a top offensive job on the #Packers staff, source said. He previously interviewed with the #Lions for their OC job.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2019
Of course, the news comes with a caveat—Hackett is scheduled to interview with the Lions’ rivals, the Green Bay Packers, who just completed their head coaching search with Matt LaFleur.
Hackett is likely earning consideration after leading one of the best offenses in 2017 with the Jaguars. That year, Jacksonville ranked fifth in points, sixth in yards and 16th in DVOA. The team took a big step back in 2018, due to injuries and Blake Bortles-ing.
Marvez’s report from Thursday suggested the Lions were also interested in former Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, but there are no clear indications that he has interviewed with the team yet. However, considering how close-to-the-vest the Lions are playing this, it wouldn’t surprise me if he has also interviewed with the team already.
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