The changes to the Detroit Lions’ offensive coaching staff keep coming. Just minutes after news broke that running backs coach David Walker is retiring from coaching in the NFL, ESPN’s Field Yates dropped a report that suggests another member of the coaching staff will be leaving Detroit.
According to Yates, Lions quarterback coach George Godsey will be hired by the Miami Dolphins as the next tight ends coach under the presumed next head coach Brian Flores. Prior to becoming the Lions quarterback coach, Godsey had experience coaching the Patriots’ tight ends from 2012-13.
The news is pretty surprising considering just a couple weeks ago many considered Godsey to be one of the top candidates to replace Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. That being said, 2018 was Godsey’s first year as Lions quarterback coach, and it just so happened to be one of the worst seasons for Matthew Stafford. After having career years in both 2016 and 2017, Stafford set a career-low in yards per attempt for a full season (6.8) and threw for under 4,000 yards for the first time since 2010.
The Lions have yet to confirm that Godsey is leaving the team, but it appears the team will have more than a running backs coach to replace this offseason. More hires appear to be coming. We’ll update this post as we get more information.
UPDATE: The Lions are reportedly replacing Godsey with Texans QB coach Sean Ryan. More on that story here.