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Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin ‘ready’ to be a head coach

Having coached the Detroit Lions’ defense to a #2 overall league rank back in 2014, Teryl Austin was a hot commodity to land a possible head coaching position following the season.

Austin had interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and turned down an interview with the Denver Broncos.

Even with the Lions’ defense free-falling a little bit last season, finishing 18th overall in the league in total defense, Austin is still one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL.

After last season concluded, he received a few more coaching offers from the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.

The defense took a step back and Teryl Austin still got calls about a potential head coaching position, that goes to show the kind of person he is and the respect he has gained around the league.

Austin refuses to remain upset about seeing assistant coaches that don’t necessarily deserve to be a head coach, actually end up landing the job. He is staying true to himself and knows that when the time is right, something will turn up for him.

It was a breath a fresh air when he decided to return to Detroit for the 2015 season and for this coming season.

Austin is looked at as a guy who can truly develop young players and have them blossom into legit NFL players. For proof, look no further than the likes of Darius Slay, Ziggy Ansah, Devin Taylor and Nevin Lawson.

Head coach, Jim Caldwell spoke very highly of Austin and how it’s good to have him back on the sidelines for the Lions.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t get a job, and I know it’s tough for him, a head job. I know it’s tough on him, and that’s something he really would like to have happen. That’s his heart’s desire, and I think it’s going to happen at some point in time. But in the meantime, we have a guy back with us who has done as fine a job, I think, adjusting to circumstances in terms of using our personnel. And those guys give him a chance to really do what we do best.” Caldwell said.

Through it all, Teryl Austin has kept his cool and stuck with the Lions’ franchise because he knows the potential the defense has when fully healthy and the 2013 numbers are a perfect example. Even with the loss of Ndamukong Suh, the defense can still be one of the top units in the NFL.

There is no question that the possibility of landing a head coaching gig is looming over Austin’s head.

“I can’t go in and be anybody else. I just go in and I present myself and I think myself’s good enough. And if the person that does the hiring doesn’t think that, then that’s OK, then we just don’t mesh. But there’ll be somebody at some point that thinks that we’ll mesh, and we’ll be a good match. And I’ll get my chance.” Austin said.

For now, he’s the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions and we should be grateful for that.

What do you think, Nation, if Teryl Austin is to leave for a head coaching job in the near future, would it be a huge loss for the defense?

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