Source: Lions won’t retain WR coach Shawn Jefferson or RB coach Sam Gash

Posted by ttwentyman on December 31, 2012 – 6:43 pm

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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43 Responses to “Source: Lions won’t retain WR coach Shawn Jefferson or RB coach Sam Gash”

  1. By Tim on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    seriously?? those are the coaches being let go?? no wonder why this team is a laughing stock.

  2. By john smith on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    they’ll be frdckin idiots as usual and retain that worthless moron gunthe cunniham

  3. By Chris on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    Why would we not retain anyone who works closely and positively with Calvin Johnson. This is so dumb. Let’s fire our DB coach

  4. By johnny b on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    clean all the coaches try to bring tony dungy back home. he’s a real winner

  5. By Dave "Waz" on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    Linehan and Cunningham both should go. It’s as simple as that. With the firings in Chicago, Marinelli might be available. Hire the man! If he does the job in Detroit that he did in Chicago, we have that formidable defense. His first tenure here wasn’t successful, but he had nothing to work with. Plus, he was head coach, not the densive co-ordinator. That being said, there’s not much on the “D” side of the ball in free agents that I would keep, and that includes Mr. Avril. He wants the big $$ and wasn’t half the player he was last year. When we needed the stop at the 2 minute mark in the 4th quarter, he let Forte carry him for 9 yards. He tried to play off the blocker when the guys who make the money and deserve it fire through and make the play. I can’t remember the Bear’s name, but on a screen to the right side, he shot through 3 blockers and got Leshoure for a loss on the play. We tried to play off blockers on that long, first TD pass against us, Cutler to Bennet. Maybe it’s the system and not the players? But that is why L&C company need to go.We are predictable, that is why we loose. On both sides of the ball. We can’t use up the clock protecting a league because we have no creativity running the ball. You could probably count our running plays on one hand. Slight exaggeration, but not too far from the truth. The best thing that happened Sunday, we maintained our no. 5 spot in the draft order. Now let’s do something with it. Draft a “need” and not necessarily the best player available.

  6. By Daniel on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    r u kinding me Marinelli is a joke pls dont tell every1 that lions want him back. if anything thing i say hire love smith as defensive coordinator and and offensive coordinator will be torv turner.

  7. By Drekka on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    Personally I can’t disagree with the letting go of Gash and Yarno, but I do disagree with the letting go of Jefferson…

    I think this stems back to the yelling incident Jefferson had with Linehan, which is unfortunate… Jefferson as far as I have seen has done a good job with the WR’s and should have been kept on the staff…

    The O-Line and The RB’s have struggled… More so the O-Line than the RB’s, Backus, Raiola and Peterman are questionable lineman in the protection and the run game…

    Raiola is to small to play center in the NFL, he should have the roll Reiff had this year in the running game and replace him with someone bigger and better, Peterman is just not good enuff… and Backus… well we all know…

    Reiff is in the building… :)

    If they want to take it to the next level they have to get better at Center and Right Guard… Period…

    Sim is good but is still to underweight to move the real BIG DT’s consistently but he is good… and Gos has been steady all year with better coaching he will improve… (if they want to stay small on the line the must go to zone blocking and roll matt out more other than that there’s no reason to run the ball with the lineman they currently have).

    Now who really should be let go… the Linebackers coach, and the D-Line coach… Period… both units have played poorly with less turnover than the secondary… THEY MUST GO PERIOD!!!!!

    The secondary has held up pretty good considering the massive turnover that they had this year… The coaches on this unit deserve to stay on in my opinion

    O.C., D.C., H.C.,…

    With all these good head coach’s on the market, the Lion MUST consider strongly Letting Jim go… will they I don’t know…

    Gun may be out dated a little at D.C. he’s good, but is not getting the best out of his units overall… there some good one’s out there on the market that can… So….

    Scott at O.C. Hmmm… IF the O-line can be fixed


    I think he needs to tighten up his game plan overall and situational execution that’s all, certain times in the game they played way to loose not executing at a high level when they needed it the most… I think he can be O.K.

  8. By ghost on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    Two down, three to go. Four counting Mayhew

  9. By skinner on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    GREAT ! ! Seeing this means I’m gonna need to drink alot more beer for next year….Little changes for MAJOR problems…..I love the play calling…. lets see first play…a dive play,3yrds…second play,short pass to t/e,3yrds…..third play,hand off run outside tackle ….NO GAIN ….PUNT …..Defence? ahhhh…1st Play Zone… Big gain for other team…2nd play Zone…..Big gain for other team….ect,ect,ect….Need to spice up play calling ..Anyone watching can predict what play Detroit is going to call.
    Fed up with play calling on BOTH sides of of the ball.
    Please for Heavens sake find someone who can bring a change for the good here and get rid of the predictable play callers….By the way, If I was busted for smoking pot I would either be fired from my job or required to take a substance abuse class. Just sayin’

  10. By cpat71 on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    If Scott Linehan does not get fired I need to seriously consider whether or not to renew my season tickets. I am not real big on spending thousands of dollars just to watch the talent on this team be miscoached, underutilized, and poorly managed. The problems that we had on both sides of the ball were pretty clear in the first three weeks. How nothing was done to correct them the entire season is a testament to the apathy that runs deep in this roster and staff.

  11. By cpat71 on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    If Scott Linehan does not get fired I need to seriously consider whether or not to renew my season tickets. I am not real big on spending thousands of dollars just to watch the talent on this team be miscoached, underutilized, and poorly managed. The problems that we had on both sides of the ball were pretty clear in the first three weeks. How nothing was done to correct them the entire season is a testament to the apathy that runs deep in this roster and staff.

  12. By Soph on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    one bad season and the fans want a clean house??? crazy!!! I think it would be interesting to look at Norv Turner as an Offensive Coordinator. Schwartz is on a short lease though if he doesn’t turn it around next season. I wonder how CJ is going to take it now that Jefferson is gone. Fans gotta remember that the Lions were in every game this year except 3!!! A couple plays in each of those games, we’d be in the play-offs and the fans would be shouting out Super bowl! If we have the #5 spot, we might have a shot at the LB from ND. An edge rusher or two, CB and a SS, a guard, a center. We need a new kicker if Hanson doesn’t come back. We definitely need a new punter. Too many needs. A lot of misreads and out of position players at the secondary and LB. The offense will be better as long as they stay healthy. CJ, Burleson, Broyles, Pettigrew, Sheffler, are good enough. A speed back would be a nice addition. Not satisfied with Durant and KVB. DT’s are our only strength on defense. I hope everyone finds a new motivation for next year! Happy New Years!

  13. By Marcel on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Dave I agree with everything u said except bring marineli back. Are u fucking stupid or what? the man soley responsible for 0-16 team and the single worst franchise in the league? U talking jazz. No way that man should have a job after such sabotage.

  14. By rockbo1955 on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    I believe we need some college coaches with fresh ideas but solid performance proven adjustment on the fly and at half time! but I am not sure Jefferson should go I agree with letting Nash go but Jefferson is not at fault for the dropped pass and Titus the season wrecking ball! but I do not agree to let go of a coach that help the Best in the game CJ coach go that is not a good signal to one your best player ! on the other hand lets face it if you look at Cunningham history he has been DC for a lot of teams and never won a Superbowl with his defense so let him go and get someone who knows how to handle personal and can tell them what they our going to do and has some sense enough to change up in the game and at the half time adjustment! Linehan is a big question mark he does not have a good play calling skills leashore is a bust bell put up better numbers but he has to learn to hang onto the ball a good rb coach would fix that best is gone leashore should be gone and we need some good backs that run with our without an offensive line and if he is a smart coach he will know who to bring in or to draft ! you can not have a offense cord that want to run more even if they lose the game and there a lot of player the OC should have refused to the coach to let Titus play this year! and started young earlier or traded Titus while he was trade able we wont get much for him now! yes we had a bunch of injury on both side of the ball especially the entire def backfield but the replacement some did well but most did not so in some case i see a lot of players that could not do it and some that were better than the starter! With that being said I would be very careful of who we let go except the most obvious Detroit has a history of players not doing well in Detroit and go some where else and play great ! there is a very thin line between an idiot and great and with that said take a deep breath and make some changes get draft picks for some of the players and quit drafting project players and get what we need and no injured history or mental question about a draft players!

  15. By martin s on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Shawn Jefferson,and Sam Gash REALLY!!!

  16. By Eric on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Fire all the coaches, all the defense. HIRE Andy Reid and Norve turner as O cord and QB coach. He will make Stafford an Elite QB!!
    This season was a joke and Schwartz is a complete joke who has no control of this team nor does he have the ability to be a head coach!!

  17. By Joe R. on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    George Yarno is a great loss. He coached an offensive line that allowed only 29 sacks after a record setting year of 740 passing attempts. Thats 1 sack per 25.5 attempts.

  18. By Dave "Waz" on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Marcel … think it through. When he was here he had NOTHING to work with. He came from Tampa Bay with a VERY strong record as a defensive co-ordinator. He was defensive co-ordinator with Chicago. Even with the injuries they had there, he still had one of the best defenses in the ENTIRE NFL. They led the whole league in take-aways/scoring, on defense. We have some talent now and we’re getting more. I say the man could do a great job here with the second opportunity and the talent he would have to work with. We need another good linebacker and help in the secondary. The man only has one blemish/mistake on his record … coming here with nothing and still leaving with nothing under the Matt Millen era. Things are different now. Who’s still around from that team? Marcel … you think it through. Don’t judge the guy on his tenure here without taking the circumstances into affect. If the Bears hold onto him, that “D” will still be something to contend with. If they let him go, he will be a force where ever he lands. Opportunity is knocking. Answere the door! While you’re at it, clean up your language. Kids read these blogs. You sound like a union boss. You can still make a point without using “F-bombs”.

  19. By Greg on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Norv Turner as Offensive coordinator and……Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator. Both have proven to be exemplary in those positions. Still can’t believe that the Bears cut Smith loose after a 10-6 season. They’d have been a whole lot better off getting rid of the worthless quarterback they have!!

  20. By Arthur Ferrell on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    If the Lions are truly serious about changing the culture and building a real winning team in Detroit then Mayhew, Lewand and Schwartz would be in the living rooms of Lovie Smith (Defensive Coordinator), Norv Turner (Offensive Coordinator and Kevin Spencer (Special Teams Coordinator) today. Keeping the current coordinators in place after the past two years would be almost criminal.

  21. By antlerking on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Linehan and Cunningham MUST GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. By Anthony Miller on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Dave I like your 1st post except 4 the Marinelli idea also!! Why bring in a guy who was already here and couldn’t get the team going!! That would b like sayin “lets bring back Matt Millen just as a consultant” I dont think so!!! Im tired of the tired ideas of Linehan and Cunningham also!! Cunningham desrves more of a pardon 4 dealing with not having a secondary whatsoever!!! There r plenty of def. coaches out there that we could bring in without bringing back someone who was already here!! Yes that Linehan has gotten his wish with alot of offensive players while Cunningham was given scraps!! Remember Linehan was the one who had to have Jahvid Best and we see how that is working out!! Even when he was healthy Linehan would call that same ole shotgun draw never utilizing his speed on toss plays or sweeps!! We only miss Jahvid in the passing game because b4 he got injured he only had 300 yds or so rushing through 6 gms because of the lack of using him off tackle and on outside runs or stretch plays!! We will never see those kinds of run plays with Linehan because he only has 2 or 3 run plays in his playbook!!! Also no kind of good rhythm play calls in the red zone!!! Why did they stop throwing 2 Calvin in the red zone?? He was double and triple covered last yr too and Stafford threw it any way and gave the guy an opportunity to out jump even triple coverage and got good results most of the time!! The Lions just dont get rid of coaches when they should!! Ive been a fan for 40 yrs and it hasnt changed!!! Only a change in ownership would really truly remove the black cloud from over our beloved Lions!!! SAD BUT TRUE!!!

  23. By Sagmich on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    What a joke!! I do not need to say anymore.

  24. By JJ on Jan 1, 2013 | Reply

    Hire Lovie smith for defensive coodinator if there’s one thing he did right in Chicago, it was running a good defense, and give barry sanders the opportunity to come back to Detroit as the running back coach.

  25. By luigi on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    Schwartz must get bus fare…otherwise, not far along into the 2013 season will we be saying “same old Lions”?

  26. By wilionsfan on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    Same old lions. As long as they are selling tickets then nothing changes. Who cares about winning when you are simply making money- that is why the Fords are involved in any discussion. It will have to be another two years then no tickets will be sold and it will result in hiring another no name coach. Blah Blah. I am a big lions fan but I don’t know why anyone would ever want to play for them. Its a joke and scam.

  27. By ghost on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    When an entity is consistantly failing the reasons are at the top. I can’t imagine why the Fords cant see they don’t know how to run a football franchize. They should sell or get help. Hire a small group of successful NFL persons to make leadership decision.

  28. By mitch on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah…sounds like a broken record…nothing will ever change in Detroit. Separate the Wheat from the Chaff and then throw away the wheat. Stupid is as stupid does friends…..

  29. By Steve on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    ok I get the running back coach and the OL coach. But Jefferson get real. How about the DB coach .And get a real QB coach OH and lets not forget Cunningham I think the game has pasted him by. The OC is iffy.However the DC must go I thought he was gonna move Suh around this year which could have been good.We have good talent on D except DB and 1 safety and the other one cant stay healthy in fact has anyone we drafted recently been able to stay on the field except Suh

  30. By Steve on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    right on the money

  31. By Adam on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    Playoffs and we all cheer about how great we are, ignorant offseason and we all want to clean house. If you want Linehan to be fired after all the skill position injuries, and lack of concentration, your the JOKE! We had a top 5 offense all season, stafford almost hit 5000 AGAIN which has never been done in the history of the league and CJ well…. obviosly!! Best, Burleson, Titus, Broyles, first year for LeShoure etc. are exceptable excuses for the imaginary problems we are putting on our offense! The defense, slightly different story, Gunther seems to be alittle out of date like the Reid era in Philly, and could be upgraded IMO, but he faced injuries all year as well. So maybe us cutthroat lions fans who deserve to have a good team should remember its not the Barry era where he is the only good player. CJ, Stafford, Suh, Fairely, Leshoure, Pettigrew and Rieff are all YOUNG and talented, hopefully Houston, Tulloch, Levy or Durant or both, Sheffler, Delmas, and Sims stay with us for the long haul and get healthy (DELMAS). With that core we are more than fine. We have just seen to many bad seasons to be patient. We gotta chill out! Every player in the forementioned “core” was brought in by the new regime so stop saying they cant bring in players, that makes you the joke! This offseason could easily be home run, and not just for the Tigers! Te’o may be the sexiest pick, but Avril isnt elite and Willy is unproven so a pass rusher may be smarter, remember we took 3 LB’s last year, and Palmer can play, he isnt elite but… money talks and we dont have it! We took 3 DB’s too and IMO we need to take another lol, either in the draft of FA. Dont know about Tyrell Johnson, but we cannot go into next season with Spievey!! Pass Rusher is the biggest need, we need to keep Suh from double teams! I think this is a cant miss offseason, when you look at the “core” we really dont need all that much!!!

  32. By roo on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    the offensive was just terrible. a sign of a bad coach is when the team gets worse as the year goes on. most importantly could not make adjustments during game or at halftime. im just watching on tv and could see what was happening . why cant a man who is with this team all day and its his full time job make corrections. schwartz will be sorry when he is cleaning out his office along with linehan next year.

  33. By animagal on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    At this point I would question whether or not the Lions really want to be successful or just make a dollar. To be in the Superbowl you need to seriously evaluate your coaching staff. Take a look at the Colts, Redskins and Minnesota that took struggling teams to the playoffs. It was coaching. The Lions have some holes on the team but are overall very explosive on both sides of the ball. To make it to the next level the offensive and defensive coordinators must be replaced. Stafford needs some SERIOUS work to get to the next level! Look at RG3 and Luck, they did it in one year.

  34. By Steve on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    What about the QB coach? Stafford looked awful this year. I think he threw side arm while off his back foot 75% of the time. You don’t see that kind of form from the elite QB’s in the league. When Stafford did throw off his front foot he threw strikes. Also, something has to be done about the discipline on the team, it was terrible. To make matters worse, when a stupid character mistake happened there was no response from the coach. I don’t understand how there can be so much talent on a team yet the win column is awful. Expansion teams are making moves in the playoffs. Why is it so difficult for the Lions?

  35. By frank ribble on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    shawn jefferson probably tried to tell linehan what to do and linehan didn’t like it. Someone needs to tell linehan what to do. i would have like to see more out of thomas and robiske. one good thing about the lions injuries this year. it builds depth for next year.

  36. By frank ribble on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    anyone else like byu de Ezekiel Ansah with the no. 5 pick?

  37. By Hank - Riverview on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    DRe Bly ?
    A “cherry picker” at best. He avoided tackling at all costs for fear of getting hurt.
    He was brought back in that pre-season so that the rookies could learn from him ( really ? )

    Just about anybody could catch an errant pass, especially if they weren’t covering a receiver,…again, in fear of having to make a tackle.

    Notice that he was CUT at the end of that pre-season ?

    Why were at it…just a few thoughts ( of many )

    Gosder – still too many penalties, that might be your undoing.

    D’eAndre – learn to contain at the sideline….force the runner back into the middle into other other tacklers. Don’t give in to his headfake to the inside, while he runs around you to the outside and down the line for a TD. Have a better 2013

    Petermann…..good to see last years penalties decreased. get stronger, meaner

    Durant – your speed leaves a lot to be desired, improve on it !

    Raiola, Backus, VandenBosch – Thanks for all your efforts, …but really,… today’s football is a young man’s game. Don’t end your careers on an even more sour note. Look into coaching, you’d probably do just as well as some others we know\, and hopefully better.

    Durham – good size, decent hands….but you REALLY need to increase your speed and cutting ability,…you look like choppy when you run, like the Energizer bunny. Your size alone won’t keep you here. Best of Luck for 2013.

    Silva – you’ve disappointed me. I thought you were going to be the next “Delmas”.
    Stay away from penalties, and you may still have a chance.

    Lou Creekmur – Where is your spirit, when we need it most ?

    Running backs – don’t try to make a hole where there isn’t one
    Defense – why can’t you strip and “cause” fumbles like your opponents. Seems awfully one-sided to me.

    Special teams. – on a kickoff reception – why do you allow opposing players to beat you down to the kick returner. ?

    Offensive Line – try to actually be “OFFENSIVE”, push the defensive line back on their heels, become “road gradesr”,
    …. INSTEAD OF…
    playing “defense’, by standing up and allowing the other teams defense to push YOU into the backfield, allowing them to be “offensive”

    The line that’s being pushed back on their heels, has no control, and will lose out to the other line doing the pushing. Pretty obvious I think.

    I agree, a new Offensive Line coach should be a real consideration.

    ( No more red zone, under 5 yds, dive slant passes to the slant receiver ( formerly Titus Young …..which is predictable as anything. ) Just because it worked in a game or two before, doesn’t mean it’s going to continue to work. Opposing teams DO study your films, learn your weaknesses. This is also way too obvious.

    Hanson – pray even harder, you deserve way much better

    Hank H. – Riverview
    a Fan since bobby Layne, Leon Hart, Nick Pietrosante, Alex Karras, John Gordy, Joe Schmidt, Night Train Lane, Barry Sanders of course, and many more.

  38. By connor on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    so we fire or let go some of these coachas let me ask you all this fucking question

    Who is going to be there replacements….seeing i don`t see shit out there

  39. By ghost on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    Well conner, if you are going to use common sense you can just leave me out of this conversation.

  40. By Hank - Riverview on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    Connor, clean up the language and you’ll get more people to continue reading your comments, and actually believing you.

    I agree with you, I’m just just crazy about the way you presented your thoughts.

    Taking a moment to check your spelling would go a long way also.


  41. By Shane Fountain on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Yarno and gash But not jefferson he brought those recievers a loing way from when he first got here but it is what it is and are u freakin kidding me Marinelli Oh hell No ….Lovei smith yessir he was a great DEf coord and norv turner would be and is a awesome AC butthe lions will keep linehan and cunningham and i dontthink cunningham is doing what he was brought in to do but whatever … bottomline is this the coaching staff needs imporvements but schwartz stays for sure he is a the best coach since fontes

  42. By TSPENCER on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    Heck i don’t what to think anymore. I believe the head coach is a issue he does not have control of this team, he pats Stafford on the back at times when he should benched, for some of the mistakes he makes. He has no other threat to place his blank!!! on the bench. Mayhew wants this guy as his future please that scares me for the future of the this team he had one good year, due to the O line blocking for him, and his revievers catching un catchable balls, that’s why their is so many injury’s to these guy’s. Black out’s get ready cause they will be back, if this team continues to loose.

  43. By Mike S on Jan 12, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think the Viking would let him go, but Percy Harvins had said he wanted to leave the Vikings. I think the Lions should try to trade for Harvins. When one player can solve 3 issues he’s worth the price. He could be use for kickoff returns, solves the problem with Best at running back, and adds depth at receiver.

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