Black Monday has crept it’s way into Allen Park.
Following a 4-12 season, the Lions will not retain wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson or running backs coach Sam Gash, according to a league source.
The team will also part ways with offensive line coach George Yarno, according to reports.
The team has made no official comment.
Jefferson was named the team’s wide receivers coach prior to the 2008 season after working with the team’s receivers the previous three seasons as an intern.
He played 13 seasons in the NFL and in two Super Bowls. He finished his playing career with 470 receptions for 7,023 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Lions Pro Bowl receiver Calvin Johnson talks often of how Jefferson has helped his development into becoming one of the best receivers in the game.
Gash joined the Lions as a special assistant in 2007 and was promoted to running backs coach in 2008, a role he’s served the last five seasons.
Gash was a two-time Pro Bowler as a full back and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000.
Yarno joined the Lions coaching staff in 2009.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said during his Monday end-of-the-season press conference that it would be hard to retain all of his assistant coaches.
“We have some coaches that are under contract, other guys whose contracts are up,” he said.
“There are opportunities for coaches, there’s opportunities for advancement. Again, we worked very hard to be able to keep our staff together last year, I don’t know if we’ll be able to do the same thing. We’ll just have to wait, but that will still be a part of the same process.
“We’ll evaluate the same things we always do and we’ll go from there.”
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