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Detroit Lions radio analyst Lomas Braown speaks to Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett on Super Bowl radio row on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

Following getting handed above for unique-teams coordinator, Detroit Lions assistant mentor Devin Fitzsimmons is leaving for a occupation at Vanderbilt.

Fitzsimmons served as the Lions’ de facto unique-teams coordinator for the last 8 game titles of the 2018 season, just after the staff fired Joe Marciano.

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He was regarded as a foremost candidate to switch Marciano, while the Lions employed John Bonamego in its place.

Bonamego was Lions’ unique-teams coordinator in 2013-14 prior to leaving to become head mentor at Central Michigan. Fitzsimmons was employed in 2014 as his assistant.

“Bono is anyone that, we went by means of the interview procedure with the unique-teams coordinator posture, talked to a good deal of unique fellas in the league and just was a name that kept coming up by means of several amounts of coaches reached out in reference and support of him and his sort of background,” Lions coach Matt Patricia claimed at the team’s fan forum for season-ticket holders this 7 days. “We had an opportunity to interview him, Bob (Quinn) and I did, and just knew that his beliefs and the fundamentals of the video game and the way that he teaches unique teams and some of the points that he thinks in from a foundational standpoint of even tackling and ball safety and controlling the video game with unique teams are points that we imagine in and we know that are essential for us, and just assumed it’d be a genuinely fantastic match for us in making an attempt to get all a few phases doing the job collectively.”

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Fitzsimmons, who coached restricted ends for part the 2015 season, will provide as unique-teams coordinator and restricted ends mentor at Vanderbilt.

He is the seventh Lions assistant to possibly go away or be fired considering the fact that the center of final season. Marciano, offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, defensive good quality control mentor Steven Williams and offensive assistant Derius Swinton had been possibly fired or had their contracts expire, David Walker remaining coaching to devote additional time with his spouse and children, and George Godsey remaining for a posture with the Miami Dolphins.

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