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Notes: Dan Orlovsky turned down Lions coaching job in 2017

The former Lions quarterback wasn’t ready to take a coaching role, but may be ready now.

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As the Detroit Lions begin their search for an offensive coordinator—and possibly an entirely new offensive coaching staff—news leaked this week that former Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky had a chance to be a part of the staff in 2017, but turned it down.

According to Chris Burke of The Athletic, Jim Caldwell offered Orlovsky a job midway through the 2017 season after the veteran quarterback decided to retire.

“I think you’re going to be remarkable coach in the future, if that’s what you’d like to do,” Caldwell said per Burke.

Orlovsky declined, saying he wasn’t ready to make that transition and needed to take a break. Since then, Orlovsky has become a Twitter favorite and has earned a job with ESPN as an analyst both at the pro and college level.

However, Orlovsky wouldn’t be opposed to join the coaching ranks this year.

“If I get a call from somewhere (where I have) ties, know those people and can see what the future will be, then maybe,” Orlovsky said.

As of Thursday morning, the team had not reached out to him about their offensive coordinator position, but stay tuned.

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