Jim Schwartz has another year on his contract (expect an extension announcement some time this off-season) but the contracts of his key coaches expired after this season. Questions about any wholesale changes, especially as far as the defense is concerned, were put to rest today when Martin Mayhew announced that offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and special teams coach Danny Crossman have all signed new contracts.
While some fans might scowl at the news of Cunningham’s return considering the way the Lions defense closed out the year, it shouldn’t be forgotten that they also played well at times. The Christmas Even game in which they wrapped up a playoff berth, for example. While the Lions defense still suffers from a lack of talent at some key positions, the coaching staff doesn’t suffer from a lack of creativity. Consider me more than content to sit back and see what happens as the personnel is upgraded.