Jeremiah Washburn, the Lions young offensive line coach, was one of several members of Jim Schwartz’s staff who have been retained by Jim Caldwell, it was announced on Friday.
To keep it in the family, Jeremiah’s dad, Jim Washburn has also been kept on. He joined the Lions last season as an assistant defensive line coach.
Other assistants who will stay include defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, tight ends coach Bobby Johnson, running backs coach Curtis Modkins, assistant offensive line coach Terry Heffernan and quality control/special teams Evan Rothstein.
Also it was announced earlier that Teryl Austin, former Ravens defensive backs coach, has been named defensive coordinator.
Bill Sheridan, the former Tampa Bay defensive coordinator, has been hired to coach the linebackers. Sheridan was a defensive coach at Michigan (2002-04) where his son Nick was quarterback (2006-2009).
The younger Washburn (see photo) put together a solid unit which included two rookies (right guard Larry Warford, right tackle LaAdrian Waddle) along with left tackle Riley Reiff, a second-year player with limited time in his rookie season. Of all the Lions' assistants, it seemed he had one of the best chances to stay.