Option Two: Kerry Coombs, Secondary Coach, Titans
If the Lions could bring in Coombs from Tennessee then I would be ecstatic. He has a long history of molding defensive backs, especially corners, and then those backs turning into very good and productive players in the NFL.
He got his first big break at a major college in 2012 when he became the cornerbacks coach for Ohio State. He stayed at Ohio State until 2018 when he made the jump to the NFL as the secondary coach of the Titans. His first season as the secondary coach he had the Titans defense ranked sixth in the league.
At Ohio State he was responsible in part for developing and sending the likes of Kenny Vaccaro, Marshon Lattimore, Eli Apple, Gareon Conley, Bradley Roby and Denzel Ward to the NFL. In his time with Tennessee he has turned cornerback Logan Ryan into a dynamic play-maker, coached up what has become one of the top safety duos in the NFL, and his secondary intercepted 12 passes and forced four fumbles.
Very recently, on Saturday, the Lions actually happened to hire a new special teams coordinator named Brayden Coombs. Coombs was an assistant special teams coach for 2019’s highest ranked special teams unit in Cincinnati.
I bring this up because, as you may have noticed, Brayden happens to be related to Kerry Coombs. Brayden is Kerry Coombs’ son. The hiring of Coombs is interesting and it’s possible Kerry’s name gets thrown out there when Patricia is mulling his options for his new DC since his son was just brought on as the special teams’ coordinator.
Kerry Coombs is one of the NFL’s best defensive back developers and has a mile long track record to prove it. Bringing him in and having him coach up Slay, Walker, and young corner Amani Oruwariye would really help improve the defensive backfield and hopefully the entire defense with them.