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Some Detroit assistants will return

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
New Detroit coach Jim Schwartz will retain at least three assistant coaches from predecessor Rod Marinelli's regime, according to David Birkett of the Oakland Press.

The latest name to surface is special teams coordinator Stan Kwan, who will return for a 10th season with the team. (It will be his third as special teams coordinator.) Kwan will join receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and running backs coach Sam Gash as holdover assistants.

It's possible there will be others. When they fired Marinelli after the season, the Lions retained 14 of his 18 assistants for the next coach to consider. Schwartz has hired his own defensive and offensive coordinators -- Gunther Cunningham and Scott Linehan, respectively -- but to my knowledge no other assistants have been formally announced. The team's Web site lists only Cunningham and Linehan under the assistant coach category.

This partial retention falls in line with the Lions' refusal to completely overhaul their operations following an 0-16 season. New president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew were both internal promotions. Schwartz obviously came from outside the organization, but it's now clear he'll be inheriting at least some assistant coaches from the previous regime.