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Detroit Lions Add Two Assistant Coaches, Eyeing Two More from Denver Broncos?

February 5th, 2014 at 7:38 PM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Lions' new football staff was already decently full prior to the Super Bowl, but that hasn't stopped Jim Caldwell from trying to fill things out even further to his liking after the big game.

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Tuesday, Detroit announced that Tony Oden and Matt Raich would be joining Caldwell's Lions' staff. Most recently, Oden was defensive backs coach in Tampa Bay, and will serve as an assistant to Detroit's new secondary coach Alan Williams. In 2011, Oden worked with the New Orleans Saints, meaning he should be quite familiar with new Lions' offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Raich also has experience with a new Detroit assistant, having served under Teryl Austin from 2007-2009 in Arizona. Raich stayed there until Ken Whisenhunt was fired in 2012. Professionally, Raich has also worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers. As previously written, Austin's defenses have traditionally been ball-hungry, attack based units, and adding a coach with familiarity in that system will help ease the transition period moving forward.

Oden's addition is interesting from the standpoint that he has worked with players such as Darrelle Revis, Tracy Porter, Malcolm Jenkins and Jabari Greer during his career recently. Detroit needs to develop both star talents and young talents such as this on their own back end, and adding more coaches with experience in those avenues can only be a positive choice. Working with those names adds to the staff's overall credibility.

While two more additions were made, might two others also be on the horizon? Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports tweeted that two Denver Broncos' assistants in Jim Bob Cooter and Chris Beake were being considered for spots on Detroit's staff and may interview soon. Cooter served as an offensive assistant under Caldwell in Indianapolis from 2009-11, and Beake has worked with Seattle, San Francisco and Cleveland in an offensive role while acting as a defensive assistant to the Broncos this past season.

While it's unknown how or where the final two names would eventually fit in, credit Caldwell for searching high and low to put together the best possible staff top to bottom. If anything, the attention to detail in staff compilation has proven to be second to none.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Chris Beake, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Jim Bob Cooter, Jim Caldwell, Joe Lombardi, NFL, Tony Oden

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