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Sunday open thread: Do you approve of the Lions’ special teams coordinator hire?

The Lions have started to make some hires and fill out their coaching staff.

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After firing six of their coaches before the new year, the Lions have finally started to make new hires. On Saturday, the team announced the hiring of Brayden Coombs as special teams coordinator. Coombs previously worked for the Bengals in multiple roles, but most recently as an assistant special teams coordinator.

Coombs spent 10 seasons with the Bengals and first joined their staff in 2009 at 23 years old as a coaching intern. Now that the Lions have their special teams coordinator, only defensive coordinator remains, in terms of significant offseason hires.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Do you approve of the Lions’ decision to hire Brayden Coombs as special teams coordinator?

My answer: It’s hard to completely hate on a hire when there’s so much you don’t know and so much that goes into the process, but at face value, I think this is a very solid hire for the Lions.

The fact that Matt Patricia hired a young, up-and-coming coach with no attachment to him is inspiring, considering the fact that I completely expected him to hire yet another gray-haired former coach with a failed resume. Coombs is coming off of a season where his unit finished first in special teams DVOA. It remains to be seen whether he can take full control over a special teams unit versus being an assistant, but consider me hopeful and intrigued with this hire.

Your turn.


Do you approve of the Lions hiring Brayden Coombs as special teams coordinator?

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