Lions Block Teryl Austin From Packers

Request denied. The Lions will not allow Teryl Austin to interview with the Packers for their defensive coordinator vacancy, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Teryl Austin (vertical)

This week, the Lions permitted Austin to interview with the Bengals, so this could be a move to stifle a divisional rival. Alternatively, this could be a sign that the Lions are now giving serious consideration to promoting Austin to head coach. The Lions met with Austin this week to discuss the position, making him one of seven known candidates for the gig.

This is the second time today that the Packers have been shut down when trying to poach talent from another team in the NFC North. On Friday morning, the Vikings denied their request to interview executive George Paton.

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17 comments on “Lions Block Teryl Austin From Packers

  1. RevErik

    The Packers denied the Lions’ request for permission to interview Eliot Wolf for their GM position two years ago (link to profootballrumors.com), and that would have been a promotion. Denying permission in return, especially for a lateral move, is a no-brained and only fair.

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    • RevErik

      *no-brainer, though either could be said of the Lions historically… (said as a life-long Lions fan)

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  2. Marytown1

    As a Packer fan I thought it was quite odd to go after a rival coach and not offer a job that would be considered a step up. I initially thought it to be borderline disrespectful but I’m guessing it was attempt at the Rooney Rule. I wonder if this fulfills their obligation?

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    • RevErik

      As far as I understand, you actually have to interview to fulfill the requirement, but I don’t believe the RR applies to coordinators anyway.

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      • sidewinder11

        Last I heard, the Rooney Rule applies to all coaching staff hires

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  3. brewcrew08

    Like I said the amount of salt in this division is crazy. Teams are still hurt the packers have been the class of the NFC North the last 15+ years.

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    • RevErik

      Don’t know if you read my comment, but the Packers have done the same thing to division rivals. It’s gamesmanship, not jealousy.

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  4. Rondon

    I can’t believe they haven’t gone after Vic Fangio with the Bears. In three years he took them from horrendous to a top 10 defense the players swear by. If the Bears don’t find a way to keep the only solid coach they’ve had in years (barring a HC job), there will be a revolt.

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    • 11Bravo

      My guess is that Fangio has his eyes set on a HC position before considering a coordinator position. But agreed, he would be perfect for the Packers

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  5. wrigleyhawkeye

    Packers allowed Detroit to interview Moss, albeit for a step up. Wonder if they could/would pull that offer out of spite.

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    • nickolai

      Probably because Moss is getting fired anyways. Austin is still with Detroit as of now but with rumors that Patricia is coming to town, I am sure he’s gone.

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