Reports indicate the Lions are adding a new defensive passing game coordinator

USA Today

There appears to be another coaching addition to the Detroit Lions defensive staff. Multiple reports indicate the Lions are hiring former Jaguars defensive passing game coordinator Deshea Townsend to the same role in Detroit.

Townsend, 48, spent two years in that role in Jacksonville. The Lions did not have a named passing game coordinator on defense in 2023. Townsend will join defensive run game coordinator Terrell Williams, who was reportedly hired away from the Tennessee Titans during the Senior Bowl week.

Most notable for his 12 seasons playing defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Townsend has been coaching DBs in the NFL and college since 2011.

There is no word yet on whether the reported move has any impact on current Lions CB coach Dre Bly or defensive backs coach Biran Duker.

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