Reports are surfacing that Lions special teams coordinator Danny Crossman wants out of his contract with the Detroit Lions so he can join longtime friend and former London Monarchs teammate Doug Marrone in Buffalo, who was recently hired as their new head coach.
The Lions became the first team in the modern era to give up a kickoff return and punt return touchdown in the same game in back-to-back weeks in losses to the Titans and Vikings during the first month of the season and help contribute to their 1-3 start to the season.
The coverage units were much better the rest of the way, allowing an average of 6.2 yards per punt return and 20.5 yards per kickoff return during the final 12 games. The return game never really found traction, though.
The Lions were one of six teams denied permission to talk to Browns special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, according to ESPN.
The Lions have not announced any new additions or subtractions to their coaching staff.
If Crossman does indeed leave, a potential replacement could be veteran special teams coach Alan Lowry, who was recently let go by the Tennessee Titans. Lowry finished his 17th season with the franchise, the last 14 coaching special teams. He and head coach Jim Schwartz worked together when Schwartz was the defensive coordinator with the Titans.
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