While Jim Caldwell hasn’t yet been introduced as the Detroit Lions coach, names are surfacing as possibilities for his staff.
ESPN’s Ed Werder has reported that Bill Lazor, the Eagles quarterbacks coach, will be Caldwell’s offensive coordinator. Lazor has worked as quarterbacks coach with the Redskins (2006-07) and the Seahawks (2008-09).
Clyde Christensen, the Indianapolis quarterbacks coach, has also been mentioned as a possible offensive coordinator.
Caldwell and Christensen worked together for 10 years with the Colts. Christensen was wide receivers coach (2002-07), assistant head coach/wide receivers coach (2008) and offensive coordinator for the three seasons that Caldwell was the Colts’ head coach (2009-11).
Teryl Austin’s name has surfaced as a possible defensive coordinator. He is currently Baltimore’s defensive backs coach.
He and Caldwell worked for the Ravens the past two seasons. Also Austin was the Wake Forest defensive backs coach (1993-95) when Caldwell was the head coach there. They also coached together at Penn State.
Also Ron Prince, currently the Rutgers offensive coordinator, has been mentioned as a possible assistant. Prince was the assistant offensive lines coach for the Colts in 2010-2011 when Caldwell was head coach.
The team has yet to announce the time and day for a press conference to introduce Caldwell.
Jim Schwartz, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and wide receivers coach Tim Lappano were fired on Dec. 30. At the time general manager Martin Mayhew said when a new coach was hired, they would ask him to consider to keep some of the current assistants. But Mayhew said the final decision would be up to the new coach.