Teryl Austin may be a first-time defensive coordinator, but he’s certainly going to have some experienced position coaches to lend him some advice if needed.
The Lions have hired former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams to be their new secondary coach.
Williams joins new linebackers coach Bill Sheridan as defensive position coaches under Austin who has previous defensive coordinator experience.
Williams and head coach Jim Caldwell worked together on Tony Dungy’s staff in Tampa Bay in 2001. Both followed Dungy over to Indianapolis where they worked together for the next decade, Williams as the secondary coach from 2002-11.
Williams joined Leslie Frazier’s staff in Minnesota last year as defensive coordinator, but was let go when Frazier was fired after the season.
Austin said at the Senior Bowl this week that he’ll benefit from having an experienced staff. The lions also retained veteran defensive line coaches Kris Kocurek and Jim Washburn as well.
"A lot of times you can just lean on the other guys," Austin said. "I’m the coordinator, but we all work together. We all work together to try and put the best product out on the field.
"The thing that you always do is you always take input from your staff because I think you’re only as good as what you all can accomplish together and if we can’t do it together and work together and it’s kind of like a dictatorship with the staff then they don’t give you ideas and if you don’t have ideas how do you get better? So I’ll be leaning on all those guys for things and I hope they lean on me for some stuff."