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Detroit Lions finalize 2021 coaching staff

Here’s a look at Detroit’s new—and improved(?)—coaching staff for the 2021 season.

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The Detroit Lions announced on Wednesday their finalized coaching staff for the 2021 NFL season. After confirming the hiring of wide receiver coach Antwaan Randle El earlier in the day, Detroit’s staff has been fully rounded out.

In total, there are 17 new faces to the Detroit Lions, with only a handful of carryovers from last year, including offensive line coach Hank Fraley, tight ends coach Ben Johnson, and the quality control staff from both sides of the ball.

Notably, the Lions have eight former NFL players on their coaching staff, including their head coach and both the offensive and defensive coordinators. And while the Lions do not officially have an outside linebackers coach, former Lions linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is expected to take on that role under the official title “defensive assistant.”

Here’s a look at the entire coaching staff:

*Indicates new to the Lions in 2021

Head coach: Dan Campbell*

Offensive staff

Offensive coordinator: Anthony Lynn*
Assistant head coach/running backs coach: Duce Staley*
QB coach: Mark Brunell*
OL coach: Hank Fraley
TE coach: Ben Johnson
WR coach: Antwaan Randle El*
Assistant WR coach: Seth Ryan*
Offensive quality control: Tanner Engstrand

Defensive staff

Defensive coordinator: Aaron Glenn*
Senior defensive assistant: Dom Capers*
DL coach: Todd Wash*
Inside LB coach: Mark DeLeone*
DB coach/pass game coordinator: Aubrey Pleasant*
Defensive assistant: Brian Duker*
Defensive assistant: Kelvin Sheppard*
Defensive quality control: Stephen Thomas

Special teams staff

Special teams coordinator: Dave Fipp*
Assistant special teams coach: Jett Modkins*


Chief of staff/Head coach administration: Kevin Anderson
Director of football research: David Corrao
Director of sports performance: Mike Clark*
Strength and conditioning: Josh Schuler
Assistant strength and conditioning: Morris Henry
WCF Minority Coaching Assistantship: DeOn’tae Pannell*

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