Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Possibilities for Lions staff under Caldwell
By Michael Rothstein
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jim Caldwell has been the Detroit Lions coach for less than a few hours, but already a bunch of names have popped up as potential assistants and coordinators.
John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Teryl Austin is a likely choice for Caldwell as his defensive coordinator. Austin was the secondary coach with the Ravens since 2011 and has been a defensive coordinator for just one season -- in 2010 at Florida.
Austin also has experience in Michigan, having been a defensive assistant with the University of Michigan from 1999 to 2002.
ESPN Insider Ed Werder is reporting that Bill Lazor, the quarterbacks coach with Philadelphia, will be a candidate for offensive coordinator. Wooten told ESPN.com that Ron Prince, currently the Rutgers offensive coordinator, is also a candidate to be on staff.
Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free Press is reporting Caldwell might consider former Minnesota defensive coordinator Alan Williams for his defensive backs coach and that Dwaine Board from Seattle or Ray Hamilton from Atlanta could be the team's defensive line coach.