Detroit News staff and wires Published 4:26 PM EST Feb 8, 2019 Miami – Former Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell has been hired by new Dolphins coach Brian Flores as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. Caldwell was among 16 members of Flores’ staff announced Friday. The group includes new offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, both former Patriots assistants. Caldwell has 17 years of NFL coaching experience. In his seven seasons as head coach of the Colts (2009-11) and Lions (2014-17), he led teams to four playoff berths. Caldwell’s record with the Lions was 36-28 in the regular season, and 0-2 in the playoffs. Caldwell was fired by the Lions after a 9-7 finish in 2017. Caldwell also won two Super Bowls as an assistant coach with the Colts and Ravens. More: Lions mailbag, Part 2: RB options, Quinn’s big year, Hicks’ assets More: Lions planning to scout AAF, which kicks off Saturday night … [Read more...] about Former Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell hired by Miami Dolphins
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Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:05 PM EST Nov 23, 2018 Two fourth-quarter turnovers crushed the Detroit Lions’ hopes of beating the Bears on Thanksgiving, but Matt Patricia made three coaching decisions earlier in the game that came under scrutiny in his team’s loss. You might be surprised to find out which ones I think – even with the benefit of hindsight – were right and wrong. Here’s a look at all three decisions: Going for it on fourth down The situation: Fourth-and-1 at the Bears 16, 10:11 left in the second quarter. The score: Tied at 0. What happened: Rather than take sure points and send Matt Prater out for a 34-yard field goal, and after getting stuffed on third-and-1 a play earlier, Patricia opted to try and convert on fourth down. The Lions sent their “22 personnel” of two running backs and two tight ends on the field. Stafford play-actioned a fake handoff to LeGarrette Blount, then dropped back to find neither of … [Read more...] about Analyzing 3 big Detroit Lions’ coaching decisions in loss
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 2:55 PM EST Nov 7, 2018 Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia stood behind his offensive line and offered the team’s most maligned unit his full-throated support three days after quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked a career-high 10 times. “I like our offensive line a lot,” Patricia said Wednesday. “These guys work extremely hard. The offensive line is a hard group to play in. … “But I would say our group works extremely hard every single day to get better and I think if you look at the overall picture of what we’re talking about, this group has been one of the groups of our team that has gotten much better in the course of a year. I think we would all agree that this offensive line has gotten a lot better and that’s a positive.” The offensive line has appeared — at times — to improve from last season under offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, who replaced Ron … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia: ‘I like our offensive line a lot’
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 12:54 PM EST Nov 6, 2018 Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia shed little light Tuesday on his decision to fire special teams coordinator Joe Marciano on Monday night, other than to call the move “necessary.” Patricia did not promote special teams assistant Devin Fitzsimmons outright, but said he would take over most of Marciano’s duties. “We’ll handle everything in house here,” Patricia said in a conference call with reporters. “Obviously with Fitz, he’ll take over a majority of that role. But we have a lot of coaches on staff that have coached special teams before and in the past and it’ll be a collective group effort to try to make sure that everything is handled and covered from that aspect and assist in whatever areas are necessary.” Fitzsimmons joined the Lions in 2014 as a special teams assistant and also coached tight ends in 2015. He was the special teams coordinator … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia: ‘Necessary’ to fire Joe Marciano
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 3:28 PM EDT Nov 1, 2018 When Matt Patricia met with his team for the first time after the Golden Tate trade, the Detroit Lions coach made it clear that Tate’s departure was not a door closing on their ability to make the playoffs but rather one opening for players to fill a new role. “The biggest point for me to make sure everybody understands is this also shows a lot of confidence in the people that are in that room,” Patricia said Wednesday. “There’s great players in that room, and there’s a lot of them, and there’s a lot of guys that have opportunity to make plays and go out there and play at a high level. And we’re all good with that from that standpoint.” Tate averaged 93 catches during his first four seasons in Detroit and was slightly above that pace through seven games this year. From a sheer numbers standpoint, that means the Lions have to replace nearly six catches and 66 … [Read more...] about How Detroit Lions can replace Golden Tate: Riddick at WR?