As first predicted here on Detroit Jock City, ESPN is reporting that Teryl Austin will be the Detroit Lions defensive coordinator under Jim Caldwell.
Austin and Caldwell have a long history together. They started working together at Penn State where Austin was a grad assistant. Austin then followed Jim Caldwell to Wake Forest where he served as a defensive assistant.
The pair’s most recent experience in Baltimore is what should be of interest to Lions fans. The 2013 Baltimore Ravens ran a hybrid 4-3/3-4 defensive scheme. It is not certain whether Austin will change the Lions to such a defensive. However, Austin’s hiring could signal a change in defensive strategy. That change could alter the Detroit Lions 2014 draft needs and how they use current defensive personnel.
One thing is certain, Austin is hitting the ground running and already has targeted those he would like to join his defensive staff.
Teryl Austin’s agreement to be #Lions DC is done, per source. He’s interviewing Vance Joseph (Texans) and Bill Sheridan (Bucs) as assistants
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2014
The next key position for the Lions to fill will be offensive coordinator. Fans can expect Jim Caldwell to make the decision on that position in the next 24 hours.