Lions Add Two to Matt Patricia’s Coaching Staff

The Lions continued to tweak Matt Patricia’s coaching staff Friday by announcing two more moves, Kyle Meinke of Mlive reports.

The Lions have hired former UCLA offensive line coach Hank Fraley to be their assistant offensive line coach, and they’re bringing back Evan Rothstein to be something they’re calling head coach assistant/research & analysis.

Fraley is a former offensive lineman who turned a non-scholarship spot at Robert Morris, an FCS school, into a camp invite with the Steelers in 2000. And he turned that camp invite into a job with the Eagles, and he went on to enjoy an 11-year NFL career.

He got his first coaching job as the offensive line coach at San Diego in 2012, then moved on to the same job at San Jose State in 2013. He worked as the Vikings’ assistant offensive line coach from 2014-2016, and spent last season as the head OL coach at UCLA.

As for Rothstein, this will be his seventh season in Detroit. He joined the coaching staff in 2012 as a quality control and special teams assistant and most recently worked as an offensive and research & analysis assistant from 2015-17.

Rothstein arrived in Detroit after spending the 2010-11 seasons working as the offensive quality control coach at Syracuse. Patricia’s staff includes at least seven other coaches with ties to the Orange.

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