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Report: Lions OL coach Hank Fraley interviewing with Steelers

Detroit could be losing one of their most successful coaches of 2020.

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With Dan Campbell and Brad Holmes now officially on staff with the Detroit Lions, the work begins in filling out the coaching staff around them. That begins, of course, with assessing the staff that is already in the building from the previous regime. At appears the Lions will be losing quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan to the Panthers, and they may be parting ways with another offensive coach.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, offensive line coach Hank Fraley is interviewing with the Pittsburgh Steelers to become their next offensive line coach. It’s unclear whether Fraley’s contract with the Lions expired or if Detroit is simply letting him explore lateral moves to other destinations.

Either way, it would be a significant loss for the Lions. Fraley, a former NFL center himself, was extremely well-liked by the players, and the results in 2020—his first year as the head offensive line coach—speak for themselves. Frank Ragnow made the Pro Bowl and was named second-team All Pro. Taylor Decker had his best year to date. Rooke Jonah Jackson had a promising first year, while the Lions ranked 10th in PFF’s pass blocking grade and 13th in run blocking.

Prior to becoming the Lions’ offensive line coach, he was assistant offensive line coach in Detroit for two years.

If the Lions need to replace Fraley, one name to keep an eye on is former Giants offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, whose contract expired in New York after the 2020 season. He has been coaching NFL offensive lines for 17 years, and two of those years (2010-11) overlapped with Campbell during his stint as tight ends coach with the Miami Dolphins.

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