It’s unclear exactly what will happen with the Detroit Lions’ current set of coordinators and positional coaches once the team finds a new head coach, but it appears at least one positional coach will be in high demand elsewhere. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, current Lions offensive line coach Hank Fraley will be interviewing for the Bengals on Friday.
At this point, it’s unclear if Fraley’s contract is expiring or if he’s simply looking for other opportunities, but Fraley just completed his first season as the team’s offensive line coach after serving as the assistant OL coach behind Jeff Davidson, who resigned before the 2020 season.
Fraley was one of the Lions’ best positional coaches in 2020, as center Frank Ragnow made the Pro Bowl, left tackle Taylor Decker had one of his best years yet, and rookie guard Jonah Jackson made a solid NFL debut. Early in the season, Decker mentioned just how excited he was to have Fraley, a former NFL lineman himself, be the new guy in charge.
“I’m super excited for him,” Decker said. “We were so excited when he got that job. He deserves it, because the dude works really, really hard. We’ve seen all the hours he puts in as the assistant o-line coach behind the scenes. So we’re excited to have ole’ Hank.”
Obviously, losing Fraley would be a rough loss to the Lions, seeing as their offensive line remains quite young, and Fraley appears to be well liked by the players. There was never any guarantee he’d stay in Detroit under the new head coach, though.