The Detroit Lions are firing offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan on Monday, according to Josh Katzenstein.
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Lions are promoting quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator.
- Tight ends coach Ron Prince will takeover for Washburn as the offensive line coach and remain the Lions’ assistant head coach. (Tim Twentyman)
- Running backs coach Curtis Modkins will also be the team’s run-game coordinator moving forward. (Tim Twentyman)
- Special teams assistant Devin Fitzsimmons will take over as the new tight ends coach. (Tim Twentyman)
This comes after HC Jim Caldwell told reporters that there would be no staff changes today.
“What I believe is we’ve won before and that leads me to believe we can do it again,” Caldwell said, per Dave Birkett.
Detroit has gotten off to a disastrous start to the 2015 season and are currently 1-6, despite having one of the more productive offenses in the NFL over the last few years.
Beyond that, the offensive line continues to be a major weakness for the Lions, so it’s not surprising to see them shake things up, even though it could be too late for them to get back in the race for a playoff spot.
The Lions are ranked No. 20 in yards-per-game, No. 29 in points-per-game, and dead last in rushing.