DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins assistant coach Jim Caldwell will take a leave of absence to address health issues that he says "require my full attention."
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — New Miami Dolphins assistant coach Jim Caldwell was discussing the team's quarterbacks Thursday when someone noted his extensive experience in the NFL.
Jim Caldwell among 16 assistants hired by Dolphins’ Flores
MIAMI (AP) — Former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell has been hired by new Dolphins coach Brian Flores as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.
Caldwell was among 16 members of Flores' staff announced Friday. The group includes new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, both former Patriots assistants.
Patriots’ assistant Brian Flores meets again with Dolphins
MIAMI (AP) — New England Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores is taking a break from his Super Bowl preparations to meet with the Miami Dolphins, who are expected to hire him as head coach after the title game.
The meeting Wednesday was Flores' second with the Dolphins. He was the first candidate interviewed for the job by owner Stephen Ross and general manager Chris Grier on Jan. 4, and they targeted him a week later as their choice to succeed Adam Gase.
AP source: Jets hire former Dolphins coach Adam Gase
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets stayed in the AFC East to find their new head coach.
Former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase agreed Wednesday night to take the Jets job, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
The hiring ends a 10-day, wide-open search for New York, which met with seven other coaches about their vacancy, including Mike McCarthy, Kris Richard, Jim Caldwell, Eric Bieniemy, Todd Monken, Matt Rhule and Kliff Kingsbury, who took the Arizona Cardinals job.
Browns huddle in search for coach; Kitchens seen as favorite
CLEVELAND (AP) — One week into their expansive coaching search, the Browns are huddling.
After conducting interviews with seven candidates in seven days, general manager John Dorsey and members of the team's search committee, which includes owner Jimmy Haslam, were not expected to meet with anyone on Tuesday and could be evaluating their next move.
Jets interview Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets have interviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken for their head coaching job.
The team completed its meeting with Monken on Tuesday. It marks the sixth interview New York has announced since firing Todd Bowles last week.
Jets interview former Colts, Lions coach Jim Caldwell
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets have interviewed former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell for their head coaching vacancy.
The meeting was announced by the team Monday. It marks the fifth known interview New York has conducted since firing coach Todd Bowles last Sunday.
The Jets met with Dallas defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard on Sunday. Richard also interviewed with Miami and Tampa Bay for their vacancies.
Detroit GM Bob Quinn stands behind Stafford as Lions QB
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Bob Quinn had a lot to answer for during a rare news conference.
Browns interview former Colts, Lions coach Caldwell for job
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Caldwell spent a year away from the NFL, and while he was gone the Browns found a franchise quarterback.
Maybe he'll get to coach Baker Mayfield.
Caldwell, who led Indianapolis to the Super Bowl and made Detroit respectable, became the second candidate to interview with Browns general manager John Dorsey, who is in the early stages of finding the franchise's ninth coach since 1999.
Lions not renewing offensive coordinator Cooter’s contract
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are not renewing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's contract after the team sputtered to a 6-10 season while quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled.
The Lions announced their decision Tuesday, two days after finishing 6-10 in coach Matt Patricia's first season at the helm. Cooter was a holdover from Jim Caldwell's staff, but his first season with Patricia did not go well.
Lions end worst year since 2012 in Patricia’s 1st season
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions fired Jim Caldwell nearly a year ago to reach another level.
So far at least, they have gone in the wrong direction.
The Lions plummeted to 6-10 and last place in the NFC North in Matt Patricia's first season as head coach, their worst year since losing 12 games in 2012.
Lions back to losing ways in Matt Patricia’s first season
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — In firing him after the 2017 season, the Detroit Lions indicated the Jim Caldwell era was just not good enough.
But meaningless December football is back in Detroit again as first-year coach Matt Patricia's Lions will play out the string with four games with nothing at stake but draft position remain.
Stafford, Lions unravel in Patricia’s dreadful debut
DETROIT (AP) — The booing began early. The Detroit Lions scored on a touchdown on the game's first snap, but it wasn't long before the fans at Ford Field sensed trouble.
An anemic first quarter of offense set the tone. By halftime, Matthew Stafford and the Lions were trailing, and in the third quarter, they unraveled completely.
Matt Patricia makes Lions debut Monday night against Jets
DETROIT (AP) — Matt Patricia has appeared to push the Detroit Lions more than they ever were under Jim Caldwell.
The Lions seemed to run more and hit more. And, they may have gotten yelled at more.
On the practice field over the last several weeks, it wasn't hard to see or hear Patricia.
Lions Preview Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
New faces: Coach Matt Patricia, RB LeGarrette Blount, RB Kerryon Johnson, TE Luke Willson, C Frank Ragnow, DT Sylvester Williams, LB Christian Jones, LB Devon Kennard.
Key losses: Coach Jim Caldwell, TE Eric Ebron, DT Haloti Ngata, LB Tahir Whitehead.
Strengths: Passing game. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 1,000-plus yards to WR Marvin Jones and WR Golden Tate last year and has pass-catching RB Theo Riddick. All-Pro CB Darius Slay among NFL's best in coverage.
Lions Training Camp Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: Early and late-season slides knocked team out of playoff contention and cost coach Jim Caldwell job. QB Matthew Stafford led pass-dependent offense with 1,000-yard WRs Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. CB Darius Slay emerged as one of league's best in coverage.
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Bob Quinn has spent two years reshaping the Detroit Lions' roster and staff, bringing in players and coaches he knew from their years together with the New England Patriots.
The Lions have won nine games in each of the past two seasons, which wasn't enough for Jim Caldwell to keep his job. Quinn believes they will be drafting from a position of strength.
Allen Park — The confluence of a new season and a new coach has generated expected optimism and excitement around the Detroit Lions, not just with the fans, but with the players, who began the offseason program with voluntary workouts last week.
Matt Patricia — hired in February as Jim Caldwell's replacement at the helm — has wasted little time making a good first impression with the team.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have hired Derius Swinton as an offensive assistant coach.
The Lions made the move Friday.
Swinton has eight years of experience in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams.
Detroit Lions add assistants to coach Matt Patricia’s staff
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions added two coaches to Matt Patricia's staff.
The Lions hired Hank Fraley on Friday to be their assistant offensive line coach and Evan Rothstein to assist with research and analysis.
Fraley was UCLA's offensive line coach last season after three years with the Minnesota Vikings as their assistant offensive line coach.
The Lions' might still classify as a fixer-upper.
Jim Caldwell's Metro Detroit home? Well, not so much.
The recently fired head coach of the Lions has listed his Franklin mansion — and for a cool $2.5 million, it could be all yours.
The Lions' trademark Honolulu blue continues to get more and more of an orange tint to it under coach Matt Patricia. Unable to bring any of New England's staff with him, Patricia has loaded up with staff members from his previous stop, with Syracuse University.
The latest addition is Erik Kunttu, who will serve as the team's director of video operations. Kunttu has been the video director for the Indianapolis Colts since 2011.
Lions extend Quinn’s deal to match length of Patricia’s deal
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have extended general manager Bob Quinn's contract to match the length of the deal they gave coach Matt Patricia .
Detroit announced the agreement with Quinn on Friday, four days after hiring Patricia. The Lions have not provided details on the length of Quinn or Patricia's contracts.
Lions president Rod Wood says the extension ensures stability.
The Matt Patricia era officially is underway.
The Detroit Lions introduce their new head coach to the media Wednesday, after officially announcing the hire of the former New England Patriots defensive coordinator on Monday.
Patricia, 43, spent 14 seasons in various roles with the Patriots, the last six coming at the helm of the defense.
Lions hire Matt Patricia as coach, eyeing the Patriot Way
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions hired Matt Patricia on Monday, doubling down on the franchise's hope it can copy the New England Patriots' formula for success.
The expected hiring of the defensive coordinator came a day after the Patriots lost to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl.
"This position comes with great responsibility, and I will commit every ounce of my energy to this football team, starting today," Patricia said in a statement released by the team.
Bloomington, Minn. – Before the Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell in 2014, they checked to see if Tony Dungy was interested in coaching the team.
When he politely declined, he strongly recommended his former assistant and the man who replaced had replaced him in Indianapolis.
It should come as no surprise that Dungy, who currently works as an analyst for NBC Sports, wasn't a fan of Detroit's decision to fire Caldwell at the end of the season.
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions have lost their longest tenured assistant coach.
Kris Kocurek, who had worked with the team's defensive line since 2009, is taking the same job with the Miami Dolphins, according to wife Amy Kocurek's Facebook page.
Whether it happens next week or early next month — assuming the New England Patriots earn their ninth trip to the Super Bowl in 22 years — the Detroit Lions are expected to hire Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as the franchise's 27th head coach.
The Detroit Lions' running game has been a weak spot throughout former head coach Jim Caldwell's tenure, hitting rock bottom this season.
Never finishing higher than 28th in the league in rushing, the Lions finished last for the second time in Caldwell's four seasons in 2017.
Allen Park — If the Detroit Lions are holding out hope of hiring New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as the franchise's next head coach, the team will be waiting at least another eight days.
That's because the Patriots destroyed the Tennessee Titans Saturday night, 35-14, continuing a quest to defend their Super Bowl championship. The Patriots will play the Pittsburgh Steelers or Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship next Sunday.
Bengals introduce Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals and their coach, Marvin Lewis, don't like major changes.
Neither does Teryl Austin, which makes him a good fit as the team's new defensive coordinator.
"We wanted to stay within our structure," Lewis said Thursday during Austin's introductory news conference. "With the personnel we have returning, we didn't have to make drastic changes. We didn't want the players to have to re-learn the wheel."
Bengals hire Detroit’s Austin as defensive coordinator
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator.
Austin spent the past four seasons as Detroit's defensive coordinator, but his future was in doubt after the Lions fired coach Jim Caldwell last week .
The Detroit Lions will not only be hiring a new head coach in the coming weeks, but also a new defensive coordinator.
The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Teryl Austin as its new defensive coordinator, a position recently vacated by Paul Guenther. Austin interviewed with the Bengals last week.
According to the NFL Network, the Oakland Raiders also made a late push to hire Austin, offering him a job coaching the team's defensive backs with the added title of assistant head coach.
AP Source: Lions block Packers from interviewing Austin
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have denied permission for the Green Bay Packers to interview Teryl Austin about their defensive coordinator position, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the Lions have not been providing updates on the status of their assistants, said the Cincinnati Bengals have been allowed to interview Austin for a defensive coordinator job, but Green Bay has not been given permission.
Lions interview Vrabel for coaching opening
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have interviewed Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel for their coaching position.
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The Lions matched last season's 9-7 record, but not the playoff appearance.
A stuck-in-the-mud ground game that ranked last in the NFL in yards per game (76.3) and yards per carry (3.4) couldn't complement a passing attack that boasted a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Marvin Jones Jr. and Golden Tate, and ranked just outside the NFL's top five.
Lions interview Austin, Cooter for head coaching job
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have interviewed two of their current coordinators for their vacant head coaching job.
The Lions announced the interviews with defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter on Tuesday, a day after coach Jim Caldwell was fired .
MINNEAPOLIS — Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he is staying “in the moment” with the Vikings, but NFL teams searching for a new coach already started knocking on doors at Winter Park on Monday.
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions kicked off the interview process to find Jim Caldwell's replacement on Tuesday, meeting with defensive coordinator Teryl Austin about the vacancy.
Austin, 52, has been included in the Fritz Pollard Alliance's list of recommended candidates the past three years and has interviewed for multiple openings each offseason, but has yet to land the elusive opportunity.
The Lions wrote on their Twitter account that they had interviewed Austin.
Allen Park — With a swift, decisive move, GM Bob Quinn just reset the Lions' standards and ratcheted the expectations. In some ways, that was the easy part. Now, the tough part — it's on Quinn himself to reach those standards.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he is staying in the moment with the Vikings, but NFL teams searching for a new coach already started knocking on doors at Winter Park on Monday.
The Bears, Lions and Cardinals requested to interview Shurmur, the architect of the NFLs 11th-ranked offense, during Vikings first-round bye this week, a league source told the Star Tribunes Ben Goessling. Detroit fired Jim Caldwell, Chicago dismissed John Fox and Arizona coach Bruce Arians retired on Monday.
Allen Park – Bob Quinn isn't looking for an offensive wizard or a defensive guru. Experience? Sure, it wouldn't hurt, but it's not a prerequisite. Same with familiarity. He's also open to any kind of scheme.
There's only one thing the Detroit Lions general manager expects from his next head coach – someone capable of winning a championship.
Allen Park — It's clear the Detroit Lions are heading in a different direction after firing coach Jim Caldwell on Monday.
What's unclear is whether tight end Eric Ebron will be part of the equation moving forward.
"I don't know. We'll see," Ebron said Monday. "I'm not confident about what's going to happen next. I'm about to just go back and see what happens. They have until March to fully understand or for me to fully understand what my plan is going forward and we'll just go from there.
Allen Park — Detroit Lions players didn't express surprise at the firing of coach Jim Caldwell, but many conveyed sadness at their coach's exit.
Here are highlights from Jim Caldwell's four years as head coach with the Detroit Lions.
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn is holding a press conference Monday to discuss the firing of Jim Caldwell as coach and the future of the franchise. You can follow the news here with live updates by James Hawkins of The Detroit News.
Quinn's opening comments on the firing of Jim Caldwell: "I talked to (Caldwell) this morning. We need a change of leadership of this team. Starting today, I'll be leading that search to find a new coach for the Detroit Lions.
Lions fire coach Jim Caldwell after missing playoffs
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jim Caldwell may have been the Detroit Lions' most successful coach in the Super Bowl era.
That was not enough to save his job.
The Lions fired Caldwell on Monday after a season in which the team raised hopes before fading and missing the playoffs with a 9-7 record. They also fired offensive line coach Ron Prince, keeping the rest of the assistants under contract in case the next coach wants to retain any of them.