Lions staff rounding into place
The Lions haven't announced any assistant coach hires other than coordinators Gunther Cunningham and Scott Linehan, but several other assistants are in place.
A team source told me today that receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and running backs coach Sam Gash will be retained from last year's staff, presumably at their areas of expertise. Jim Colletto, demoted from offensive coordinator to offensive-line coach, will not be back. One name I've heard as his replacement is George Yarno, who was fired as an assistant offensive line coach in Tampa Bay earlier this year. Yarno coached at Idaho, where new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan played and coached (though at different times than Yarno), and worked on Nick Saban's staff at LSU. Jim Schwartz referenced Linehan's work under a colleague of mine Nick Saban when he announced his offensive coordinator's hiring.
Calls and/or emails to Jefferson, Gash and Yarno have not been returned.
Previously, reports indicated that the Lions hired former Tennessee assistant Matt Burke as linebackers coach and that ex-Broncos defensive coordinator Bob Slowik was expected to coach defensive backs in Detroit.
Update at 8:17 p.m.: A source has confirmed that Yarno has been hired as the Lions' new offensive line coach.