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Report: Detroit Lions add former Ravens defensive assistant to coaching staff

The Lions add an assistant from one of the best defenses in the NFL.

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The Detroit Lions continue to fill out the periphery of their coaching staff this week. While most major positions of Dan Campbell’s staff have already been filled, Detroit is starting to target some assistants for their staff.

According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic-Baltimore, the Lions are hiring former Ravens defensive assistant Brian Duker to the team.

Duker has been a defensive-minded assistant in the NFL for five of the past six years. He started in 2015 as a defensive intern for the Cleveland Browns, then spent a year as a defensive assistant with the 49ers. After a year off, he joined the Ravens with the same title, where he’s been for the past three years. His connection to the Lions staff may be through new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, who spent one year alongside him with the Browns when Glenn was the assistant defensive backs coach.

In the past three seasons, the Ravens have continued the defensive dominance that has assumed their identity for well over a decade now. They ranked fourth, fifth and ninth in defensive DVOA over the past three years while allowing the second, third and second fewest points in 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Duker will join a completely revamped defensive coaching roster which includes Glenn, senior defensive assistant Dom Capers, inside linebackers coach Mark DeLeone and defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant.