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We just hired Joe Lombardi, Vince's grandson, as OC.

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January 21st, 2014, 10:20 am
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Looks like we're bringing in some young, hungry coordinators. Definitely a change from the previous regime. We'll see how it works out.

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Yay another coach who was lucky enough to work with a QB who didn't need coaching..... and another position coach who has never been a coordinator.

That was the pessimist side of me.


Trying to look at this staff in a positive light, hopefully these young guys will have some innovative ideas and train up two spots that cost us wins last year, QB and secondary.


January 21st, 2014, 11:14 am
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All players need coaching. Some just need more than others. I personally like the hire. He spent 7 seasons working with arguably the best offensive HC in the league in Sean Payton. I like having a young coach who will bring hopefully some fresh ideas.

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http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10326953/joe-lombardi-grandson-vince-lombardi-hired-detroit-lions-offensive-coordinator

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Updated: January 21, 2014, 10:26 AM ET
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The Lions will hire Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator, league sources told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.


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Joe Lombardi, the grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, spent the last seven seasons as an assistant with the Saints.
Lombardi, grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, emerged as the favorite among numerous candidates for the job since Jim Caldwell was hired last week as coach, sources told ESPN.

The Lions were finalizing a contract with Lombardi on Tuesday morning, according to sources.

Lombardi spent the past seven seasons as an offensive assistant with the Saints, who promoted him to quarterbacks coach in 2009.

With New Orleans, Lombardi helped oversee a high-powered offense led by eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees, who has passed for more than 5,000 yards in each of the last three seasons.

Lombardi will be counted on to mentor Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who struggled during Detroit's late-season collapse in 2013.

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Ok I can get behind that. We're gonna need a big time TE and a #1b WR.


January 21st, 2014, 12:19 pm
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Ok I can get behind that. We're gonna need a big time TE and a #1b WR.


I agree. I like the hire.

Im thinking this draft could be like 2009 where they used a high pick on someone to help Stafford (Pett). Thinking a WR and TE either in the draft or FA.

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Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin wants aggressive defense
January 22, 2014

MOBILE, ALA. — The Lions have relied largely on their four-man front to pressure quarterbacks in recent years, but that might change under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Austin said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl that he envisions having an “aggressive, smart” defense that brings pressure from different places all over the field.

“I think it’s important that you give people different looks, give them different ways to block you, give them different problems both in the run and pass,” Austin said. “I think it’s detrimental to your defense if you just line up in one thing and they know exactly where you are and they’re going to block you every time because they know, ‘OK, this is where they’re going to be.’

“So we’ll try to do some things, give them some different looks, try to put our players in the best position to make plays. And I think that’s really, at the end of the day, that’s what you want.”


The Lions had one of the lowest blitz percentages in the league under former coach Jim Schwartz even though ex-defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said shortly after he was hired he hoped to blitz 40% of the time.

Austin made no such promises Tuesday, but Montreal Alouettes receivers coach Erik Campbell, who worked with Austin for four seasons at Michigan, said Austin favors an attacking style of defense.

“He’s going to come after it,” Campbell said. “I know Teryl, he don’t sit back and watch you. He’s going to work hard. I think he’s going to do well with that defense he has right there in Detroit.”

Austin said he’s comfortable coaching the 4-3 the Lions will employ despite working in 3-4 schemes for most of the past seven years in Baltimore and Arizona.

He ran a 4-3 in his one stop as defensive coordinator at Florida in 2010, and new Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Austin’s background as a secondary coach should help him in his new role.

“He’s a guy that I think is a very strong instructor, has enthusiasm, good command of his room, does a great job in terms of teaching,” Caldwell said. “But also, I’ve always been one to like coordinators that have been secondary coaches because of the fact that they see everything that’s in front of them and typically know how it all fits together. And not only with pass drops, but run fits.”

Besides having an aggressive defense, Austin said he wants one that limits big plays and forces plenty of turnovers.

“We’re going to be multiple, we’re going to bring some pressure, we’re going to be able to four-man rush and hopefully they don’t know which way we’re coming,” Austin said.

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Freep wrote:
Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin wants aggressive defense
January 22, 2014

MOBILE, ALA. — The Lions have relied largely on their four-man front to pressure quarterbacks in recent years, but that might change under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Austin said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl that he envisions having an “aggressive, smart” defense that brings pressure from different places all over the field.

“I think it’s important that you give people different looks, give them different ways to block you, give them different problems both in the run and pass,” Austin said. “I think it’s detrimental to your defense if you just line up in one thing and they know exactly where you are and they’re going to block you every time because they know, ‘OK, this is where they’re going to be.’

“So we’ll try to do some things, give them some different looks, try to put our players in the best position to make plays. And I think that’s really, at the end of the day, that’s what you want.”


The Lions had one of the lowest blitz percentages in the league under former coach Jim Schwartz even though ex-defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said shortly after he was hired he hoped to blitz 40% of the time.

Austin made no such promises Tuesday, but Montreal Alouettes receivers coach Erik Campbell, who worked with Austin for four seasons at Michigan, said Austin favors an attacking style of defense.

“He’s going to come after it,” Campbell said. “I know Teryl, he don’t sit back and watch you. He’s going to work hard. I think he’s going to do well with that defense he has right there in Detroit.”

Austin said he’s comfortable coaching the 4-3 the Lions will employ despite working in 3-4 schemes for most of the past seven years in Baltimore and Arizona.

He ran a 4-3 in his one stop as defensive coordinator at Florida in 2010, and new Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Austin’s background as a secondary coach should help him in his new role.

“He’s a guy that I think is a very strong instructor, has enthusiasm, good command of his room, does a great job in terms of teaching,” Caldwell said. “But also, I’ve always been one to like coordinators that have been secondary coaches because of the fact that they see everything that’s in front of them and typically know how it all fits together. And not only with pass drops, but run fits.”

Besides having an aggressive defense, Austin said he wants one that limits big plays and forces plenty of turnovers.

“We’re going to be multiple, we’re going to bring some pressure, we’re going to be able to four-man rush and hopefully they don’t know which way we’re coming,” Austin said.

http://www.freep.com/article/20140122/S ... /301220034
Sounds good to me; now let's see it in action headbang.gif

Between whispers of Lombardi bringing a dynamic New Orleans-style offense (one that already drew up plays for Reggie Bush), and Teryl Austin talking about bringing more pressure from different angles and players, I'd say the Lions are getting exactly what they needed out of an OC and DC.
I hated to see Gym Shorts go after bringing the Lions from 0-16 to 10-6 in '11, but it really was his time. I was heavily in favor of keeping Schwartz until the second half collapse. I was screaming for more innovative offensive playcalling and blitzing on defense since the 2012 season, however, and it looks like that's what the Lions are going to get. I still am not crazy about the Caldwell hiring, but if you're going to assemble a coaching staff, it's not a bad idea to hire offensive guys from New Orleans and defensive guys from Baltimore. It does look good on paper.
Also, it never hurts to hire a guy with the last name of Lombardi to generate a little buzz around the coaching commotion.
Plus, there's a lot of talk about working with a QB "specialist" developing Stafford and it looks like the Lions have landed two of the best in the biz.

Side-note about Whisenhunt... People seem to think the guy is some kind of magical QB genius. Whisenhunt did a great job with two already pro-bowl quarterbacks: Kurt Warner, who was already a superbowl-winning HOF QB and Philip Rivers, who was already a playoff-caliber QB who had been to pro-bowls.
When given young, raw quarterbacks like Lineart and Anderson, he produced sub-par results in developing them and produced sub-par results in the W column. Caldwell might not be the man for the job, but Whisenhunt in some ways, looks like an even worse man for the job. I don't believe he's worth the hype.
Another reason I'm not sad that he chose the Texans is that 3-4 defense. The Lions are set up to run the 4-3 and making them a 3-4 team would mean putting a lot of square pegs into round holes. I would love the Lions to have a 3-4 defense, the problem is that they don't have the LBs for it and the entire defense seems to know how to run the wide-9. Making the Lions run a 3-4 would be like a coach trying to force the Tampa 2 or something, even when they don't have the personnel for it. Not that Lions fans would know what that's like or anything...


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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/23/report-alan-williams-joining-lions-as-defensive-backs-coach/

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Report: Alan Williams joining Lions as defensive backs coach

Posted by Josh Alper on January 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

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The Lions have hired Teryl Austin to be their defensive coordinator, the first time that Austin will be in that job at the NFL level.

It looks like he’ll have two former NFL coordinators on his staff, however. Former Giants and Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan will coach the linebackers and Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that Alan Williams, who used to run the Vikings defense, will be the team’s defensive backs coach in 2014. The team retained defensive line coaches Jim Washburn and Kris Kocurek.

Williams served as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator in the last two seasons and was let go after head coach Leslie Frazier was fired. Before that, Williams worked on Tony Dungy’s staffs with the Buccaneers and Colts and worked with new Lions coach Jim Caldwell in both places.

The Lions were the last team that Williams faced as the defensive coordinator in Minnesota and held Detroit to 13 points in a Week 17 Vikings win. The rest of the 2013 season wasn’t quite so enjoyable for the Vikings defense, but Caldwell’s familiarity with him and Williams’ experience seem to have trumped that performance.


Got our D Backs coach. Only a QB coach and some assistants away from a full staff.

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inheritedlionsfan wrote:
Ok I can get behind that. We're gonna need a big time TE and a #1b WR.


I agree. I like the hire.

Im thinking this draft could be like 2009 where they used a high pick on someone to help Stafford (Pett). Thinking a WR and TE either in the draft or FA.


Why do we need to draft a TE, we got a New Orleans coach with plans to run a similar offense and a guy with mirrored abilities and size to Jimmy Graham in Joseph Fauria he just need Pettigrew out the way and improve his blocking. He's gonna be a stud for our team like he was for UCLA.

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kdsberman wrote:
inheritedlionsfan wrote:
Ok I can get behind that. We're gonna need a big time TE and a #1b WR.


I agree. I like the hire.

Im thinking this draft could be like 2009 where they used a high pick on someone to help Stafford (Pett). Thinking a WR and TE either in the draft or FA.


Why do we need to draft a TE, we got a New Orleans coach with plans to run a similar offense and a guy with mirrored abilities and size to Jimmy Graham in Joseph Fauria he just need Pettigrew out the way and improve his blocking. He's gonna be a stud for our team like he was for UCLA.


Fauria is not a Jimmy Graham type. They really are only similar in size, Fauria lacks the speed and athletic ability of Graham. I think he will be good for them, but I don't see him being able to pull coverage like Graham.


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100% agreed. Fauria is an enigma and a rare TE. hes not a Speed/Route Running TE you Split out wide, and he isnt a good Blocker. Essentially he is a Short Yardage TE, without the threat to block. Redzone and 3rd Down and 10 or less are where he can shine, and its why he does not normally get a lot of playtime. He will never be the speed guy, but if he can improve his blocking and strength, he could become a full time player and completely replace Pett. Question is, do we want to rely on that? IMO No. Id be totally fine with bringing in some competition, or even drafting someone like CJ Fiedorowitz (sp?) from Iowa who is basically Pett all over again, but with a lower grade. Comes form a school known for producing nfl OL as well, so he can block.


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100% agreed. Fauria is an enigma and a rare TE. hes not a Speed/Route Running TE you Split out wide, and he isnt a good Blocker. Essentially he is a Short Yardage TE, without the threat to block. Redzone and 3rd Down and 10 or less are where he can shine, and its why he does not normally get a lot of playtime. He will never be the speed guy, but if he can improve his blocking and strength, he could become a full time player and completely replace Pett. Question is, do we want to rely on that? IMO No. Id be totally fine with bringing in some competition, or even drafting someone like CJ Fiedorowitz (sp?) from Iowa who is basically Pett all over again, but with a lower grade. Comes form a school known for producing nfl OL as well, so he can block.


Agree with this. Id like the Lions to look at Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He really is a good player. Can catch, run great routes, and can block.

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