On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions announced the firing of six different coaches: special teams coordinator John Bonamego, linebackers coach Al Golden, assistant strength and performance coach Rodney Hill, football performance coordinator Harold Nash, defensive backs coach Brian Stewart and tight ends coach Chris White.
Head coach Matt Patricia offered this statement on their moves:
“Today, our organization parted ways with John Bonamego, Al Golden, Rodney Hill, Harold Nash, Brian Stewart and Chris White. These decisions are never easy and I’m thankful for the effort these men gave our team. I will continue to evaluate our entire operation in the coming days and weeks and will always make decisions in the best interest of the team. I wish these coaches the best in their future endeavors.”
Notably absent from the list of the six coaches is defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni. At this point, there’s no indication if his job is safe, but considering the struggles the Lions defense had in 2019, there’s reason to believe more firings could be coming. Earlier in the week, Patricia noted that they may make time with coaching decisions.
“I think we’re still dealing with the immediate end of the season yesterday,” Patricia said. “So from that standpoint, we’d like to make sure that we’re doing everything not based on an emotional standpoint, but a very well thought-out process—no matter what it is in those areas.”
We’ll see in the following days if anything else is on the horizon.