Meet the Detroit Lions Coaching Staff; Tipping the Scales in 2015

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2015 Detroit Lions Coaching Staff – Offense (Continued)

Offensive Line Coach, Jeremiah Washburn Coach Caldwell and Jeremiah Washburn first crossed paths in 1994 — at Wake Forrest. Caldwell was the head coach, and Washburn was a center prospect.

Caldwell and assistant coach Jamie Barresi made a strong push. Washburn says his mother loved Caldwell. The coach loved her cooking. But at the end of the day, Washburn opted to stay closer to home, committing to play for the University of Arkansas.

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It probably didn’t hurt that Washburn’s father, current Detroit Lions defensive line coach Jim Washburn, was serving in the same role with the Razorbacks in 1994.

Following his playing days, the school helped launch Washburn’s coaching career and he landed a job with the Carolina Panthers. After one year in Carolina, and six with the Baltimore Ravens working in player personnel and as a scout, Washburn made him way to Detroit as an assistant offensive line coach.

Washburn was promoted to head the position group last season when the Lions hired Caldwell to replace Jim Schwartz.

"“He’s developed into a guy that has a great sense of personnel,” Caldwell said. “He has a great sense of scheme. He also has a great knack for getting along with people. He relates to them well, but not only that, he can challenge them to get better.”"

Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach, Ron Prince Like the coaches that came before him, there is also some familiarity between Caldwell and Ron Prince.

The two were together in Indianapolis in 2010 and 2011 when Caldwell was the head coach and Prince an assistant offensive line coach. He was let go when Chuck Pagano replaced the coaching staff in Indianapolis in 2012.

Prince went to Rutgers after serving as assistant offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.

Prince was the offensive coordinator at Rutgers for one season prior to coming to Detroit, and now serves as the teams tight ends coach as well as an assistant to Caldwell.

He was also the head coach at Kansas State from 2006-08 and is well-respected in NFL circles.

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