Wednesday, February 13, 2013
BBAO: Another Lions staff change looms
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
There will be a total of at least five departures from the Detroit Lions' 2012 coaching staff, counting Adam Schefter's ESPN report late Tuesday that the St. Louis Rams will hire defensive backs coach Tim Walton as their new defensive coordinator.
Earlier, the Lions decided not to renew the contracts of three offensive coaches: receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, running backs coach Sam Gash and offensive line coach George Yarno. Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman left to join the Buffalo Bills, who are coached by his close friend, Doug Marrone.
The Rams have been trying to hire Walton for two years. Credit goes to the Lions for not blocking his way to a promotion. Still, by definition, the Lions' staff will have a different look in all three phases in 2013.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- The Lions have set up a visit with free-agent safety George Wilson, released recently by the Bills, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press wonders if place-kicker Jason Hanson will have the desire to return to play in 2013.
- Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com addresses the Lions' five most important offseason decisions, beginning with the pending free agency of defensive end Cliff Avril.
- Former Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox, whose contract was terminated Tuesday, will consider all of his options in terms of playing in 2013, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com looks at the Bears' free-agency options at center.
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune answers reader questions about receivers, among other topics, in his weekly Q&A.
- Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune on Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin: "[T]he Vikings can afford to gamble on a 24-year-old player at a position of great need who three months ago was considered one of the most valuable players in the league."
- Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson on Harvin, via KFAN-FM: "To be honest with you, I don't know if we will or not. But me, individually, and giving you my opinion, I wouldn't trade him for nothing."
- West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith watched every snap of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' 2011 season on tape, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com reviews the Packers' running back situation.
- Former Packers and Vikings quarterback Brett Favre speaks to Jon Saraceno of USA Today about the tornado that swept through his hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss. Favre: "Nobody was killed! Look, everybody here is scratching their heads -- 'Can you believe it?' Amazin'."