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POLL: Who is your favorite candidate for Detroit Lions defensive coordinator?

Vote on your favorite candidate to replace Paul Pasqualoni.

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You’ve likely been thinking about it for a month or so.

From the minute ownership made it clear to local media that there were some coaching changes expected at the end of the season, defensive coordinator seemed like the most likely big change coming for the Detroit Lions. While we had to wait an extra day or two after the Lions’ initially fired six members of their staff, the move eventually came when Paul Pasqualoni stepped down to spend more time with family.

In the two days since it’s happened, you’ve likely read several candidate lists and perhaps even made one yourself. If not, you could always SHAMELESS PLUG read our seven candidates for the job SHAMELESS PLUG.

But now it’s time to make a decision. Today’s Question of the Day is:

Who is your favorite candidate to be the next Detroit Lions defensive coordinator?

My answer: I’m going to go with Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker. Not only has he coached under two legendary football minds in Nick Saban and Kirk Ferentz, but he’s also shown versatility by undergoing a scheme transition at Iowa. That both shows his willingness to adapt and change and his overall knowledge of the sport.

I have my doubts about Parker’s eagerness to leave his job at Iowa for essentially a lateral move into the pros, but he’s someone I think Matt Patricia would also pursue if there is any chance he’d leave. Of course, the Lions could go some other route, like hiring a two-time, twice-fired defensive coordinator, or just nab some random positional coach from a great NFL defense right now, but this is the kind of out-of-the-box hiring that would intrigue me the most.

Your turn.


Who do you want to be the next Lions defensive coordinator?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Patriots DL coach Bret Bielema
    (209 votes)
  • 13%
    Patriot ILB coach Jerod Mayo
    (319 votes)
  • 22%
    Rams DC Wade Phillips
    (536 votes)
  • 9%
    Iowa DC Phil Parker
    (221 votes)
  • 0%
    Dolphins pass game coordinator Josh Boyer
    (8 votes)
  • 13%
    Cowboys DB coach Kris Richard
    (316 votes)
  • 5%
    Panthers interim HC Perry Fewell
    (136 votes)
  • 6%
    49ers LB coach DeMeco Ryan
    (168 votes)
  • 13%
    Clemson DC Brett Venables
    (323 votes)
  • 7%
    (180 votes)
2416 votes total Vote Now

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