The Detroit Lions are still in the midst of a coaching search, having most of their defensive skill position coaching vacancies still unfilled. However, it appears they have one less coaching position needing to be filled, as it looks like quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan will be staying put... for the time being.
Reports came out on Tuesday that the Carolina Panthers will be hiring LSU’s pass game coordinator Joe Brady as their next offensive coordinator. New Panthers head coach Matt Rhule was reported interested in adding Ryan to his staff when he nearly landed the New York Jets head coaching job last year. There were already rumblings that Ryan could be his pick again this year, but obviously Rhule went in a different direction.
That’s obviously good news for the Lions, who got pretty decent play out of their quarterbacks in Ryan’s first season with the team, all things considered. Matthew Stafford was on his way to a career season before his injury. And given the tough circumstances, Jeff Driskel and rookie David Blough performed just about as well as you would expect for mid-season additions.
The Lions aren’t completely out of the water yet, though. The Eagles, Giants, Vikings, Browns, and Jaguars all sill have openings at offensive coordinator. We’ll have to wait and see if Ryan gets any calls over the next few weeks.