Vacant coaching positions on the Detroit Lions staff are dwindling, especially with Jim Caldwell hiring Robert Prince to take over as the team’s wide receivers coach.
Prince joins the staff by leaving Boise State where he served as their offensive coordinator the past two seasons. While Robert Prince (not to be confused with the Lions’ new tight ends coach Ron Prince) comes to the Lions from the college ranks, he does have NFL experience.
He made the jump to the NFL after his first stint with Boise State, filling a variety of offensive coaching roles with the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-2006. From 2007-2008, Prince was the assistant wide receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars then became the Seattle Seahawks wide receivers coach in 2009. Before returning to Boise, he was Colorado’s passing game coordinator for the 2010 season.
Now with the wide receivers coach accounted for, the Lions have just a couple major coaching spots left open. The team named Bill Sheridan as linebackers coach last week but an assistant linebackers coaching position remains available.
The most interesting apparent vacancy is the quarterbacks coach, although that may not really be a vacancy at all. Head coach Jim Caldwell and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi both have extensive experience as quarterbacks coach so it is unclear if the Lions will add a dedicated quarterbacks coach.