Report: Detroit Lions add offensive assistant to staff

Posted by ttwentyman on January 14, 2013 – 11:29 am

The Lions have filled one of their three offensive coaching staff vacancies by hiring former Jaguars assistant Bobby Johnson, according to the website

Johnson coached tight ends with the Jaguars last season and was an assistant offensive line coach the previous two seasons with the Bills. He also coached the offensive line at Indiana University from 2005-09.

The Lions have not announced the hire.

The team retained tight ends coach Tim Lappano after the season, but could shift either Lappano or Johnson to another position.

The Lions did not retain receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, offensive line coach George Yarno and running backs coach Sam Gash after their contracts expired.

Also, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Lions were recently denied permission to speak to Browns special team coordinator Chris Tabor.

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11 Responses to “Report: Detroit Lions add offensive assistant to staff”

  1. By Nate on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Great! SMFH! Let’s hire coaches from the worst teams in the NFL, Jags and Browns! Really? I have no idea why I’m still afan?

  2. By Sagmich on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    That is supposed to make me what? Jump up and down for joy! Yeah that should be good since the Jags had such a great season. “NOT”!!!!! Here we go!

  3. By Bill mason on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Offensive line needs a lot of help. Isn’t there someone out there with lots of experience that we can hire? Please draft or trade for someone to replace Raiola, he caved in too much . Stafford needs much more help up front.!!

  4. By Jukemove on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe he can help Pettigrew hold on to the rock.

  5. By ghost on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Hmmm. What is wrong with this picture. We let guys go with inadiquite skills and hire guys with inadequite skills from teams ith loosing records. This should make things much better.

  6. By Ken on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Look, let’s be real. Tough choices this offsesason. Good guys, maybe good teammates and good leaders. Having said that let’s cut Raiola, Backus, VanderBosch, Peterman, and half the DB’s. I still think we should have played the rookies (Lewis boys from OK, Whitehead and the practice squad). What do we have to lose? We lost all our games anyway. Let the young guys play. If they suck then we know what else we need in the offseason. Keeping them for five years on he practice squad or special teams doesn’t do anything for the team. I just don’t understand the coaching thought process. Maybe they did play the last few games and I just slept through it.

  7. By rockbo1955 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    would you people put a lid on it the super bowl has not been played and your bad mouthing the team because of some changes that have not been confirm! This springboard fanatic is so stupid you act like a bunch spoiled little kids!

  8. By Raymond on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Ending up 4-12 is not an asst. coach problem . Look at gm, head coach this continued nonsense really does not fly. A closer look 2-14, 6-10, now remember they were 2-10 before winning final four.10-6 then 4-12 . Four years have passed all we can show our staff gets to coach the senior bowl . I don’t mean to be negative but the leaders placed in charge have no idea of a good product . 2013 will bring a 7-9 record the table will be set to start over alert.its not to late extend to gm, and head coch thank you we must reset the table now we can’t wait until late 2013.

  9. By mrplanitman on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    detroit is a real joke when it comes to coaching -they have a dc that shouldnt be coaching at all he wasnt any good when he was with kc and hes not with detroit you could do better getting a peewee coach and have a better def. then the reject they have now -lovey smith wont be a head coach this year they should go after him detroit has the players its the dc that has to go- you see other teams always moving the def.line but detroit they look like sitting ducks-other teams know what detroits def. is going to do- the head coach must be smoking to much pot to keep the done watching the same old lions .differnent year same resaults -they got lucky last year i posted on hear before the season started that they would not win six games i was right they didnt- i can tell how many games they will win after the second preseason game–then they get rid of the best coachs on there staff and keep the ones they should get rid of – hay smoke another joint for me will the coachs that he kept give him blow jobs is that why he kept the rejects thet give better head than the ones let go i ve watched the lions for 45 yrs and im done with them time to find a new team to cheer for – i wont go see them again im not going to waste my money watching a team that is being coached by other teams rejects detroit will not win 4 games next year with the coaches they have now

  10. By ghost on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Raymond is correct. It is kind of a joke to think this is an assistant coach problem. Any consitant problems in any organization comes from the top down.

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