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The Boston Globe considers the Lions a potential landing spot for free agent Dion Lewis.

Lewis is coming off career highs in 2017 but the Patriots are expected to let him test the open market. Detroit is an obvious fit given their New England connections and need for a running back, though Lewis has never had more than a committee role. Lewis is reportedly targeting $5-plus million annually.
Feb 14 - 4:25 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Lions are parting ways with QBs coach Brian Callahan.

It is a bit of a surprise despite the change at head coach. Callahan seems to be respected in coaching circles, and his name popped up in offensive coordinator searches this cycle. He should not have a problem finding another job. Callahan leaving could be an ominous sign for OC Jim Bob Cooter.
Jan 23 - 9:05 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions are expected to hire Patriots DC Matt Patricia as their next head coach.

Patrica had been considered the front-runner to replace Ben McAdoo in East Rutherford, but now it looks like he'll end up in the Motor City, where he'll be reunited with former Patriots scout and current Lions GM Bob Quinn. The 43-year-old has served on Bill Belichick's staff since 2004 including the last six years as New England's defensive coordinator. The Lions won't be able to officially introduce Patricia until the Patriots conclude their postseason run. With the Colts and Giants pursuing OC Josh McDaniels and LBs coach Brian Flores a finalist for the head job in Arizona, New England's coaching staff could look vastly different in 2018.
Jan 14 - 9:16 AM

Bengals hired Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator.

Austin was a hot name on the coordinating circuit, drawing strong interest from the Raiders and getting connected to the Packers as well. Although Austin's defenses in Detroit were far from dominant, he maximized the Lions' talent and is one of the league's most respected defensive minds. With DE Carl Lawson, WLB Vontaze Burfict, LE Carlos Dunlap, and CB William Jackson in place, Austin inherits a talented Bengals defense that faded down the 2017 stretch due to injuries.
Jan 8 - 3:43 PM

ProFootballTalk reports the Patriots expect DC Matt Patricia to become the next coach of the Lions.

Patricia is ready to make the head-coaching leap after serving as the defensive coordinator the last six seasons under Bill Belichick. The Lions were always a strong favorite to land Patricia, but he had interest from every team. Patricia has ties to GM Bob Quinn from their time in New England and will be Quinn's first hire after carrying over Jim Caldwell from the Martin Mayhew regime. The Lions will have to wait until the Patriots are eliminated from the playoffs to sign Patricia.
Jan 7 - 8:40 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports Texans DC Mike Vrabel will interview for the Lions' head coaching job Wednesday.

He also looks set to interview for the Colts' opening at some point. Vrabel's defense struggled in his first year as a coordinator, but the Texans were plagued by injuries on that side of the ball. Even if it does not happen this year, Vrabel is on the fast track to a head coaching job.
Jan 2 - 9:04 AM's Tom Pelissero reports the Lions have sought permission to interview Packers assistant head coach/LBs coach Winston Moss for their head-coaching vacancy.

A Packers assistant since 2006, Moss usually comes up once or twice during head-coaching season. Promoted to assistant head coach last year, it's possible Moss ends up a candidate to replace Dom Capers as defensive coordinator in Green Bay. He will be a long shot for the Lions' job.
Jan 1 - 2:48 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals have requested an interview with Vikings OC Pat Shurmur about their open head coaching job.

With Bruce Arians now officially retired, the Cardinals' search has begun in earnest. As many do, Shurmur failed in his stint as coach of the Browns, but he has rehabbed his image the last couple seasons in Minnesota. He has also been linked with the Lions.
Jan 1 - 1:33 PM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks has received head-coaching interview requests from the Lions, Colts, Giants and Bears.'s Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals are also expected to reach out. Finishing up his first year as Panthers coordinator, Wilks oversaw a defense that tallied 2017's third-most sacks (50), erased the run and largely stymied the pass. Wilks was last a head coach for small-school Savannah State in 1999.
Jan 1 - 1:07 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Lions have requested an interview with Vikings OC Pat Shurmur for their open head coaching job.

Shurmur is the first candidate with an offensive background the Lions have been linked with this cycle. As tends to happen in Cleveland, Shurmur had a terrible run as the Browns head coach in 2011 and 12, but he has worked wonders with Sam Bradford and Case Keenum the last two seasons, successfully rehabbing his image.
Jan 1 - 11:11 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Giants have requested to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia for their open head coaching job.

They also want to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. A hot coaching candidate every season, Patricia has also been linked with the Lions and likely will be matched with a couple more as this process plays out.
Jan 1 - 10:23 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions have requested an interview with Panthers DC Steve Wilks.

The theme of the Lions' early coaching candidates is easy to spot -- they also want to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia and Texans DC Mike Vrabel. Wilks has just one year of coordinating experience at the NFL level after taking over for Sean McDermott this season, but he has been the assistant head coach in Carolina since 2015.
Jan 1 - 9:52 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Lions have requested permission to interview Texans DC Mike Vrabel.

It is another former Patriot linked with the Lions to go along with current Patriots DC Matt Patricia -- GM Bob Quinn spent 16 years in New England. Houston's defense took a step back under Vrabel this season, his first as coordinator, but he can lay at least some of the blame on injuries. A hot coaching prospect, it seems like just a matter of time before Vrabel lands a lead job.
Jan 1 - 9:46 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions are expected to interview Patriots DC Matt Patricia.

This has been the buzz ever since it became clear Jim Caldwell would be shown the door. Hiring a defensive mind like Patricia or Texans DC Mike Vrabel, who they also want to interview, would allow the Lions to keep OC Jim Bob Cooter in place. Both of those coaches also have links to the Patriots, where GM Bob Quinn made his bones.
Jan 1 - 9:41 AM

Lions fired head coach Jim Caldwell.

On the hot seat almost from the day Bob Quinn was named general manager, Caldwell saved his job last year by sneaking into the playoffs despite a late-season collapse, but he was not able to repeat the feat this year. Considering the recent history of the franchise, Caldwell’s 36-28 record with two playoff berths in four seasons is a pretty good showing, but the team was mired in mediocrity over his final three years with seemingly no idea how to get over the hump. A dreadful performance against the Bengals in Week 16 which bombed Detroit out of playoff contention certainly did not help matters. With Caldwell out the door, the Lions could look to retain respected OC Jim Bob Cooter while bringing in a defensive-minded head coach like Patriots DC Matt Patricia, but a complete reset might be in order.
Jan 1 - 9:04 AM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports Patriots DC Matt Patricia would be the "leading candidate" for the Lions' coaching job if Jim Caldwell gets fired.

Most reports expect Caldwell to be fired after failing to make the playoffs. This isn't the first time Patricia has been linked to Detroit given his ties to GM Bob Quinn, who overlapped with Patricia in New England. Patricia interviewed with multiple teams last year and looks likely to land a head coaching job this offseason.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 05:36:00 PM

Giants signed DT Khyri Thornton, formerly of the Lions.

He takes the roster spot of Janoris Jenkins (ankle, IR) and will provide interior depth. Thornton served a six-game ban earlier this season and appeared in four games for the Lions before getting cut last week.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 11:52:00 AM

Lions waived DT Khyri Thornton.

Thornton had played just 68 snaps in four appearances since returning from a six-game PED ban. Turning 28 on Tuesday, Thornton will hunt for work as a run stopper if he clears waivers.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 03:43:00 PM

Free agent CB Sterling Moore worked out for the Lions on Thursday.

He also worked out for the Colts on Tuesday. Moore has a connection to Lions GM Bob Quinn, who was a scout for the Patriots during his tenure with New England. The 27-year-old was let go by the Saints last week.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Lions released DE Jacquies Smith.

Smith was signed ten days ago to add some depth to the defensive line. The Lions activated P Sam Martin following Smith's release.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 01:06:00 PM

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