Report: Lions to hire Williams as DB coach

The Detroit Lions might be close to finished with hiring of their defensive staff.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that Alan Williams, the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator the past two seasons, will join the Lions as their defensive backs coach. Williams also has a long history with new Detroit coach Jim Caldwell.

Williams coached the defensive backs in Indianapolis from 2002 until 2011 under Tony Dungy and then Caldwell. They also coached together under Dungy for a season in Indianapolis.

This is also the second former defensive coordinator Detroit has hired under first-time NFL defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Bill Sheridan, the new linebackers coach, has experience as a defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants.

Under Williams in Indianapolis, the Colts were often in the top half of the league in both interception percentage and passing yards allowed per game, including having the second-best pass defense in 2006 and 2007.

This should also complete the major position coaches on defensive side of the staff for Detroit. The Lions have yet to hire a quarterbacks or wide receivers coach.

Coaching staff:

Head coach -- Jim Caldwell

Assistant head coach -- Ron Prince

Offensive coordinator -- Joe Lombardi

Defensive coordinator -- Teryl Austin

Quarterbacks -- TBD

Running backs -- Curtis Modkins

Wide receivers -- TBD

Tight ends -- Ron Prince

Offensive line -- Jeremiah Washburn (asst. Bobby Johnson)

TBD -- Terry Heffernan

Defensive line -- Kris Kocurek (asst. Jim Washburn)

Linebackers -- Bill Sheridan

Secondary -- Alan Williams

Special teams -- John Bonamego (asst. Evan Rothstein)