Detroit News staff and wires Published 5:31 PM EST Feb 8, 2019 Allen Park -- Former Detroit Lions coaches Jim Caldwell and Jim Bob Cooter were officially hired for new jobs on Friday. Following rumors from last month, Caldwell, the Lions’ head coach from 2014-17, was introduced as the quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach on Brian Flores' staff in Miami. "Jim is an incredible human being, a man of faith and a great football coach. His experience as a head coach will be invaluable for me," Flores said. "Jim is a great teacher, highly organized and somebody that I have a lot of respect for." Prior to working with the Lions, Caldwell coached quarterbacks at Penn State (1986-92), Tampa Bay (2001), Indianapolis (2002-08) and Baltimore (2012-13). Caldwell’s record with the Lions was 36-28 in the regular season, and 0-2 in the playoffs. Caldwell was fired by the Lions after a 9-7 finish in 2017. Caldwell's former offensive coordinator in … [Read more...] about Former Detroit Lions coaches Jim Caldwell, Jim Bob Cooter land new jobs
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Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 3:10 PM EST Jan 10, 2019 Allen Park — It's all quiet on the offensive coordinator front, so it felt like a good time to do a Detroit Lions mailbag. What is a going on with the OC search? With no news or rumors about it, I am afraid they are just going to hire from within. — @kered316 Understandably, there are a lot of questions about the offensive coordinator opening, and I'm here to tell you I know almost nothing. That's a more difficult thing for me to write than you to read, trust me. The organization is in lockdown in regards to the process, and based on the reporting of others, including those at top national outlets, they're running into the same brick walls with their sources. And coaching is almost always a trickier topic to unearth information. The circles are tighter, the agent information isn't easily accessible, so unless there's a leak from the organization or those being interviewed, we … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions mailbag: What should be done at offensive coordinator?
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 2:25 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 Allen Park – The Detroit Lions had Eric Ebron under contract and let him go. He scored 14 touchdowns for the Indianapolis Colts this season. The Lions tried to swing a deal for Rob Gronkowski, but the four-time All-Pro wanted nothing to do with that and reportedly threatened to retire. In the end, the Lions settled on Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo, a pair of free agents on one-year deals, to go with Michael Roberts, a fourth-round draft pick in 2017 who caught four passes as a rookie. And it still went worse than expected. The trio combined for 42 catches, 450 yards and four touchdowns. This wasn’t how general manager Bob Quinn anticipated things going down when he cut Ebron in March, as opposed to paying the former first-round pick an $8.25 million salary for the 2018 season. “I’ll give you guys a little bit of background on the whole tight end situation,” Quinn said during his … [Read more...] about After letting Eric Ebron walk, Detroit Lions’ efforts to land top tight end fell short
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 6:59 PM EDT Oct 29, 2018 Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate said he doesn't expect to be going anywhere at Tuesday's NFL trading deadline. NFL Network reported Monday that the Lions have been fielding offers for their leading receiver and likely would need a mid-round draft pick — "maybe a fourth-rounder" — to trade Tate by 4 p.m. Tuesday. Tate said he has not heard anything from Lions brass about a possible deal, and he's not putting much stock in the report that he could be on the move. "I don’t think so," Tate told the Free Press on Monday. "I feel like I’m a huge part of this organization and this offense especially, so hopefully that’s not the case. But again, I do understand it’s a business and if it happens then, you know, depends on where they send me." Tate, 30, was the subject of mild trade speculation after an 0-2 start, but the Lions have won three of their five games since to get back … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate: I’m not going anywhere
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:06 PM EDT Oct 8, 2018 When oft-injured NFL players struggle to stay on the field and the teams that employ them are unnecessarily secretive about the reasons they're out, it often leads to rampant speculation about the player's health. DeAndre Levy, for instance, had to deal with rumors of a Chilean parasite eating away at his insides three years ago, when in reality he was trying to make his way back from hip and knee injuries that eventually ended his career. Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Monday that the extended absence of his own oft-injured defensive star, pass rusher Ziggy Ansah, has nothing to do with his contract or anything other than a shoulder injury he suffered in a Week 1 loss to the New York Jets. "Don’t make it anything more than that," Patricia said. "That guy’s a competitive guy, he wants to play football. He’s trying to do the best he can to help this team. So he’s day … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah out due to injury, not contract