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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.

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