One of the interesting aspects of the Detroit Lions coaching search is that their two finalists – Jim Caldwell and Ken Whisenhunt – were both linked to Teryl Austin as a potential defensive coordinator. There was a chance Austin ended up the Lions’ DC no matter what, and now it is official.
Teryl Austin’s agreement to be #Lions DC is done, per source. He’s interviewing Vance Joseph (Texans) and Bill Sheridan (Bucs) as assistants
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2014
The obvious reason Austin would attract attention from both Whisenhunt and Caldwell is because he has worked on coaching staffs with both men. He got his start coaching at Penn State then moved to Wake Forest with Caldwell. The two were most recently reunited on the Baltimore Ravens staff, where Austin was the secondary coach from 2011-2013. Austin was the defensive backs coach with the Arizona Cardinals under Whisenhunt from 2007-2009.
This won’t be Austin’s first stint coaching in Southeast Michigan. He was a defensive assistant at the University of Michigan from 1999-2002 before getting his first shot at an NFL job as the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive backs coach.