The Detroit Lions offensive coaching staff appears set, although it looks a little different than when coaching news broke just hours ago.
The Lions have indeed hired Bobby Johnson to coach the tight ends but Tim Lappano isn’t sliding over to coach the running backs as was though earlier today. Instead, Curtis Modkins will join the Lions coaching staff to handle the running backs while Lappano takes over as the wide receivers coach.
All that hiring and shifting left just the offensive line coaching spot open but that too has been filled with the promotion of Jeremiah Washburn who was previously the Lions’ assistant offensive line coach.
Lions have hired Curtis Modkins to coach RBs. Bobby Johnson to coach TEs. Tim Lappano will coach WRs. Jeremiah Washburn promoted OL coach.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 14, 2013
Modkins has spent the last three seasons as the Buffalo Bills‘ offensive coordinator/running backs coach where he helped develop Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Lions fans should greet this hire with a big ‘yes, please!’
Today’s news fills the three vacancies the Lions created when they severed ties with Shawn Jefferson, Sam Gash and George Yarno. Barring an unexpected move, the offensive staff appears set.