Now that Jim Caldwell is head coach of the Detroit Lions the very important task of hiring assistant coaches begins. According to the Baltimore Sun Jim Caldwell is expected to target a number of Ravens assistants including defensive backs coach Teryl Austin.
Caldwell is also expected to take a couple of Ravens’ assistants with him, including defensive backs coach Teryl Austin, who is lined up to be the Lions’ defensive coordinator, and offensive line coach Andy Moeller.
Teryl Austin and Jim Caldwell worked together at Penn State when Caldwell was assistant head coach. Austin then followed Caldwell to Wake Forest where he served as defensive backs coach.
Austin had stints at Syracuse and Michigan before landing on the Seattle Seahawks in 2003. As a secondary coach he has been part of two Superbowl teams with the Seahawks in 2006 and Arizona Cardinals in 2009.
Now it seems Austin is in line for a promotion to Defensive Coordinator and is expected to serve in that capacity on Caldwell’s staff.
This will be Teryl Austin’ s first go around as a Defensive Coordinator
The addition of Austin as DC could lead to a shift in defensive alignment for 4-3 to 3-4. The Baltimore Ravens ran a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defensive during the 2013 season. A move that could change how Ndamukong Suh and Nick Farley will be utilized going forward.