The Detroit Lions coaching staff will go through some more changes this offseason. On Tuesday afternoon, the Lions announced that running backs coach David Walker will be stepping down from his position and will no longer be pursuing a coaching job.
“I am at peace with my decision to step away from the coaching profession to pursue other opportunities,” Walker said in an official statement. “At this juncture of my life I realize that my family needs outweigh my desire to continue coaching football. I’ve appreciated my time working in Detroit and I wish the entire organization nothing but future success.”
Walker has been the Lions’ running backs coach since 2016, overseeing the development of Ameer Abdullah and Kerryon Johnson during his tenure. Prior to his time in Detroit, Walker was the running backs coach with the Indianapolis Colts from 2011-14.
The Lions have not announced a replacement for Walker yet, but given that new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has a history of focusing on the running game, this will be an important hire for the team.
We wish Walker the best in his next endeavor.