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Lions Hire Ravens Secondary Coach Austin As Defensive Coordinator

Teryl Austin

The Lions have reportedly hired Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin as their defensive coordinator, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

Austin is the first staffing hire for new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell. He succeeds Gunther Cunningham, who had held that post for the past five years.

Detroit has yet to announce Cunningham’s fate, though he is not expected to be retained.

Austin is expected to interview former Texans secondary coach Vance Joseph and former Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan for his staff, according to the report.

Neither was retained when Houston and Tampa Bay hired new head coaches this offseason.

Joseph is the former position coach for current Lions safety Glover Quin, a former Texan who signed with Detroit last offseason.

Austin is not expected to overhaul Detroit’s defensive scheme. Caldwell said the Lions will continue to run a 4-3, which best suits the existing personnel and helps avoid some of the rebuild process that accompanies many coaching changes.

Lions president Tom Lewand said he would expect to see some changes in nuances of the defense, such as blitz packages, but the overall scheme could resemble the one of the previous regime.

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