The Detroit Lions have officially parted ways with head coach Jim Caldwell following four years of service.
On Monday, during their end of the season meeting, Lions general manager Bob Quinn made it clear to the players that his goal is to find a championship coach.
Also, Bob Quinn addressed the team in their end of season meeting today, not Caldwell. Quinn reassured players he’s out to find a championship coach
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 1, 2018
Rumors have been everywhere that the No. 1 candidate to become the Lions next head coach is New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia but with all of the other openings around the league, Patricia may be a tough get.
But what if that “championship coach” is already a member of the Lions coaching staff?
According to a report from Josina Anderson, Bob Quinn will do his best to find that out as Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is scheduled to interview for the team’s head coaching vacancy on Tuesday.
Source: #Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is interviewing for the team's head coaching vacancy on Tuesday.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 1, 2018
Austin, who has never been a head coach at either the college of NFL level, has been the Lions defensive coordinator since 2014. Each offseason, Austin’s name has come up as a candidate for various head coaching openings around the NFL.
REPORT: Detroit Lions pursuing a trio of defensive-minded head coach candidates
The move was no surprise at all as rumors were flying around everywhere that the Lions Week 16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals sealed Caldwell’s fate.
Now, general manager Bob Quinn will be charged with the all-important task of hiring the perfect head coach for the Lions organization.
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