North Rumors: Ryan, Lions, Newman, Bears

The coaching carousel brought plenty of rumors Tuesday. Here is the latest from the North divisions on that front:

  • Sean Ryan was connected to multiple North-division offensive coordinator openings last year, but both the Browns and Vikings went in different directions. A year later, though, the Lions will bring the Texans’ quarterbacks coach north. Ryan will replace George Godsey as Detroit’s QBs coach, the team announced. Godsey will join Brian Flores‘ staff in Miami. This will be Ryan’s third gig instructing QBs. He first held that post with the Giants from 2012-13. The past two years, he worked with Deshaun Watson in Houston.
  • Following changes at OC and quarterbacks coach, more turnover will occur in Detroit. Lions running backs coach David Walker will step away from coaching. He coached the Lions’ running backs for the past three seasons. Walker coached at the college and pro levels for 22 years. This will be another place Patricia makes a hire. Only wide receivers coach Robert Prince remains as an offensive position coach from the Jim Caldwell era.
  • Terence Newman transitioned from the NFL’s oldest active defensive player to a Vikings coach at this season’s outset. The Vikings want him back for another year, but Newman is not certain to keep coaching, according to Darren Wolfson of (via Twitter). The 40-year-old coach is no longer listed among Minnesota’s coaches on the team website.
  • One of Bob Sutton‘s Chiefs staffers will migrate to Chicago. Matt Nagy will hire Mark DeLeone to coach the Bears‘ inside linebackers, per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. DeLeone and Nagy worked together in Kansas City from 2013-17, and DeLeone stayed on with the Chiefs this season. Sutton’s firing, though, figures to force relocations from some of his position coaches. Vic Fangio‘s departure is having the same effect in Chicago, with only defensive line coach Jay Rodgers expected to return under Chuck Pagano.
  • Deuce Schwartz will be part of Freddie KitchensBrowns staff as a defensive quality control coach, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweets. Schwartz spent two seasons as an assistant in New Orleans, primarily working with the Saints’ specialty units.
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7 comments on “North Rumors: Ryan, Lions, Newman, Bears

  1. sportsfan101

    Rough first year for Patricia minus beating the pats, only to lose multiple coaches. Looking at the statistics looks like he’s right in line with basically ever other former patriots coordinator not making the cut as a HC.

    • dugdog83

      Lions were 8th best Def against the pass and 10th best against the run. Problem wasn’t Matty Patty’s defense, it’s Stafford. Lions gonna shock the world and draft Klyer Murray. Think about it, new OC had Russell Wilson new QB coach had Watson. Match that with Kerryon and Golloday they have a much better team.

    • Dkaner

      That’s a ridiculous comment. He had one year and a ton of holdover guys from Caldwell’s staff. He was hired very late so in year two, with his guys and a better OL, you should see improvement. He gets three years from me like any other new hire.

  2. Edmund Dantes

    The Patriots couldn’t use their normal cheating tactics against the coach who, being a rocket scientist, and helped them design their cheating methods, would’ve or could’ve turned the Patriots in. Those spy cams and listening devices the Patriots were caught cheating with are still in operation…

  3. crosseyedlemon

    Must be a fantastic feeling walking around with the name “Deuce”…lol.

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