The Detroit Lions don’t appear to be on the verge of making coaching changes, particularly as it relates to head coach Jim Schwartz, but that doesn’t mean the entire staff will be kept intact.
Citing NFL sources, MLive.com’s Anwar Richardson is reporting that the Lions will be parting ways with wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and running backs coach Sam Gash. Richardson later added that offensive line coach George Yarno will also not return.
[Update: Richardson initially included tight ends coach Tim Lappano in the list of coaches that would not be back but has since retracted that part of the report.]
The Lions running game struggled for much of the season and it looks like Gash at Yarno will be the guys taking the fall. Jefferson’s departure will likely be seen as a surprise. Jefferson was credited for being a major motivator in Calvin Johnson’s record breaking season and Ryan Broyles started to emerge before tearing his ACL.
Jefferson was seen shouting at offensive coordinator Scott Linehan late in the Lions’ home loss to the Packers but the situation was explained away that the two were actually on the same page regarded Titus Young’s immature antics that led to his benching. Perhaps there was more there than initially revealed.
Linehan appears safe, at least for the moment. He has been rumored to be a candidate to be replaced but there was no indication that would happen during Jim Schwartz’s press conference today.