With Jim Caldwell in place, focus shifts to his coaching staff

Posted Jan 14, 2014

Tim Twentyman looks at potential assistant coaches that could join Caldwell's staff

The focus on who will be the next head coach of the Detroit Lions is quickly shifting to whom Jim Caldwell will now hire to complete his coaching staff.

Teryl AustinTeryl Austin (Photo: AP Images)

Caldwell would like to bring Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin with him as defensive coordinator, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Austin, a former University of Michigan assistant, has been the Ravens secondary coach since 2011 and will keep the 4-3 defense, which Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said was a prerequisite for the next head coach.

Caldwell could also bring Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller and former Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery with him to Detroit, according to the report.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, siting sources, also reports that Rutgers offensive coordinator and former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince could be the offensive coordinator or assistant head coach.

Prince was an assistant offensive line coach on Caldwell’s staffs with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010-11.

Other names that have been linked to Caldwell and the Lions are Kansas City Chiefs assistant head coach David Culley, Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor and Indianapolis Colts quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen.

John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, told the Detroit Free Press Caldwell could also look to hire Seattle Seahawks assistant Dwaine Board or Atlanta Falcons assistant Ray Hamilton as his defensive line coach.

Caldwell will ultimately have the final say in his coaching staff, but Mayhew said the front office would make some suggestions on potential assistants to keep over from Jim Schwartz’s staff.