The Lions announced Wednesday that they have hired Darrell Bevell as the team's offensive coordinator.
Bevell most recently spent seven seasons as the Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator from 2011-2017. He held the same role with the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-2010.
“We’re looking for someone who improves the offense,” general manager Bob Quinn said after the season ended. “We want a balanced attack that we’ve talked about before. We want to be able to run the ball and want to be able to use our quarterback, because he has a ton of talent, so we want to be diverse.”
The Lions will be the third NFC North team Bevell has worked for, as prior to his time in Minnesota he coached for the Green Bay Packers, so he's familiar with the division.
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LIONS LAUNCH SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE
On Monday, the Lions announced the launch of Detroit Lions Inspire Change, a new social justice initiative in the City of Detroit.
“Expanding upon our commitment to influencing social justice reform was a primary goal for our organization this season," Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford said in a statement. "With the support of our players, who over the years have demonstrated a longstanding devotion to serving this community in which they live and work, we have successfully established the foundation of what we expect to be a multi-year platform in Detroit.
"I am grateful for the players’ participation in these important discussions happening right now in our country.”
2018 POSITION BREAKDOWNS
Tim Twentyman has been breaking down the roster position by position, talking about the good, the bad, the MVP & more for each group. Check out each article in the series below:
OTHER NOTEWORTHY ITEMS
- The Lions announced Wednesday that long snapper Don Muhlbach has been selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl by the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, who will lead the NFC team.
- Defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand was named to the Pro Football Writers of America 2018 All-Rookie team.
- Count down the top 5 special teams plays and top 5 rookie plays from the 2018 season.
- Watch Mike O'Hara and Dan Orlovsky recap the 2018 season.