LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS
Before returning to Detroit in 2008, Banta spent the 2009 season as a tight ends coach for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. He played three of his 11 NFL seasons with the Lions (2001-03) as a tight end and longsnapper.
After being drafted by Indianapolis in the fourth round of the 1994 NFL Draft, Banta spent six seasons with the Colts and established himself as one of the League’s best longsnappers. He joined the New York Jets for the 2000 season before coming to Detroit in 2001. He finished his career with Buffalo in 2004.
Upon his retirement from the NFL, Banta worked with George Wright Construction, as a supervisor, for a year and in Chase’s Home Financial Division for nearly two years in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Banta was a two-year starter at tight end at the University of Southern California (1989-93) as well as a four-time letter-winner. He earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 Conference honors as a junior and senior and received his bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in sociology in 1993.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Banta was a Parade All-American as a senior at University High School and helped them to the state championship (1988) while playing tight end and linebacker. He and his wife, Amy, have three children.
BRADFORD'S COACHING BACKGROUNDDetroit Lions 2008-present
The Lions began on-the-field preparations for Buffalo on Wednesday the same way they did for the Jets last week – without All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson on the practice field.
The players are different, but the defense Jim Schwartz runs as the Bills’ defensive coordinator is something the Lions practiced against in Schwartz’s tenure as head coach.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson talked about his health and preparing to go against former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz's defense this week.