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Lions interview coordinators Cooter, Austin for head-coach opening

Lions interview coordinators Cooter, Austin for head-coach opening

A day after announcing that head coach Jim Caldwell will not return, the Detroit Lions interviewed both of their current coordinators for the vacant position on Tuesday.

The 42 year-old Vrabel was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1997, and played for the New England Patriots in 2001. He was hired by then-new Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel in 2014 to coach Houston's linebackers. Austin was the club's defensive co-ordinator and Cooter the offensive co-ordinator under Caldwell.

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Following the firing of Caldwell, Lions general manager Bob Quinn held a press conference and made it clear that his goal was to take the Lions to a championship. "For sure it could, but that's why the interview process is what it is". He has also worked with Indianapolis, Kansas City and Denver. According to multiple reports, Cooter also drew interest in the head-coaching search of his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, but he declined to interview, preferring to remain in the NFL. After allowing the fewest yards against in the NFL in 2016, the Texans allowed the most points in the league in 2017. His unit was bombarded with cataclysmic injuries to several key figures, notably J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.


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