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Detroit Lions Make Unexpected Coaching Move

Detroit Lions Make Unexpected Coaching Move

Detroit Lions Make Unexpected Coaching Move

The Detroit Lions made an unexpected coaching move this week.

On Saturday the team announced that it was hiring Brayden Coombs to be Detroit’s new special teams coordinator.

Coombs joins the Lions fresh off a 10-year run with the Cincinnati Bengals. While it may seem odd to poach talent off the league’s worst team last season, special teams was actually the one thing Cincinnati was good at.

In 2019, the Bengals were in the top ten as it pertained to kickoff returns, field goal percentage, punt coverage and kickoff coverage.

Prior to taking over special teams, Coombs served as an offensive assistant. He originally joined Cincinnati in 2009 as an intern.

Special teams has been a consistent problem area for Detroit over the past few seasons. The team has gone through three special teams coordinators in as many years and desperately needs some stability there.

The Lions finished the 2019 season with a 3-12-1 record, good for dead last in the NFC North. It is widely assumed that if Matt Patricia does not turn the ship around in 2020, he will be fired.

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