Lions make multiple coaching staff changes, will tweak defensive scheme

Detroit News

Indianapolis — Following the promotion of Ben Johnson to offensive coordinator and the dismissal of outside linebacker coach Mark DeLeone last month, the Detroit Lions have made multiple adjustments to the team’s coaching staff.

On Tuesday, coach Dan Campbell announced Kelvin Sheppard will be moved from outside linebackers to inside linebackers, while David Corrao will shift from his role as director of football research to work with the outside linebackers.

Corrao, who has been with the Lions the past four years, has previous coaching experience, working with linebackers at both the University of Mississippi (2007) and with the Miami Dolphins (2010-15).

Additionally, defensive line coach Todd Wash is expected to have an expanded role working with the outside linebackers as the Lions are expected to make a change to their defensive scheme.

“We’re kind of altering a little bit what we do defensively,” Campbell said. “We’ll be a little bit more of a four-down (linemen) type, if you will. Certainly still three-down odd (man) principals.”

Finally, with Johnson being promoted to coordinator, the Lions had to backfill his previous position as the team’s tight end coach. To do that, Tanner Engstrand has been promoted after serving the past two years as an offensive quality-control coach.

A college quarterback, Engstrand was an offensive coordinator at San Diego State for seven seasons, and held the same title with the XFL’s Washington Defenders in 2019 prior to joining the Lions.

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