Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that Detroit Lions offensive line coach Hank Fraley will interview for a job with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he may not be the only Lions coach that has drawn interest elsewhere.
According to 24/7 Sports, defensive line coach Bo Davis is expected to take the same position with the University of Texas under new head coach Steve Sarkisian. It’s a logical hire for Sarkisian, seeing as they both come from Alabama roots, and Davis held the Texas DL job back in 2011-13.
Given that Davis was very much a Matt Patricia guy, it’s not surprising to see him move on from his time in Detroit. And given that the Lions’ defense finished with some historically bad numbers, it may be best for them to do a full reset with the defensive coaching staff.
Additionally, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Sean Ryan is a “leading candidate” for the Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach job. Earlier in the week, the Panthers’ 2020 QB coach, Jake Peetz, was hired as the new offensive coordinator for LSU.
Ryan has been long connected to that job in Carolina, as he and head coach Matt Rhule both worked under the New York Giants back in 2012. Many believed Ryan was going to take the offensive coordinator job last year in Carolina, but Rhule went with Joe Brady instead.
Ryan would be a significant loss for the Lions, as he’s developed a good relationship with Matthew Stafford and showed an ability to coach up backup quarterbacks in 2019, when both Jeff Driskel and David Blough had to play on shortened weeks due to injury.