Detroit Lions hire Steve Oliver as offensive quality control coach

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Per the Detroit Lions website, the team has hired Steve Oliver as an offensive quality coach. The news was first reported by Justin Rogers of the Detroit News.

Oliver played offensive line for the University of San Diego from 2011 to 2015, where he crossed paths with Lions current offensive line coach Hank Fraley—who was his coach during the 2012 season.

After his playing career was over, Oliver joined the University of Idaho coaching staff in 2016 as an offensive assistant working with the offensive line. After two years in that role, Oliver took a position as an assistant coach (offensive line) at Montana State-Northern during the 2018 spring season, before returning to UI in the fall. Upon his return, he became the team’s director of operations in 2018, performing “day-to-day operations of the football program, including travel, meals, camps and community engagement”, per the UI website. In 2019 he was promoted to tight ends coach, but after a year in this role, he left UI of his alma mater, returning to the USD as their tight ends coach for the 2020 season.

Now in Detroit, Oliver is expected to work primarily with the offensive line, assisting Fraley with his duties, according to Dave Birkett of the Free Press.

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