Detroit Lions Announces 2022 Coaching Staff Changes, 3 New Hires

On Friday, the Detroit Lions announced their full coaching squad for the 2022 NFL season. As expected, it includes several changes that have already been announced to the media. Ben Johnson is the new offensive coordinator, Tanner Engstrand takes Johnson’s place as the tight end coach (and also takes the extra responsibility as passing game coordinator), and Kelvin Sheppard moves from outside defender coach to coach himself after Detroit parted ways with Mark. DeLeone.

Here’s a look at the full Lions coaching staff for the 2022 season. Last year’s changes are in bold, with an explanation of what has changed.

Dan Campbell – Head coach

Offense

Duce Staley – Assistant head coach / running defenders
Ben JohnsonOffensive Coordinator – Promoted from TE trainer
Mark Brunell – Quarterback
Antwaan Randle El – Wide receivers
Seth Ryan – Assistant for wide receivers
Hank Fraley – Offensive line
Tanner EngstrandTight ending / passing game coordinator – Promoted from attacking assistant
Steve Oliver – Offensive quality control
John Morton – Senior Attacking Assistant – New employee
DeOn’tae Pannell – WCF minority coaching assistantships

Defense

Aaron Glenn – Defense Coordinator
Todd Wash – Defense line
Cameron Davis – Defense line assistant New employee
David Corrao Defensive assistant / Outside defenders –Promoted from defensive assistant
Kelvin Sheppard – Defender lines
Aubrey Pleasant – Coordinator of defensive play / passing
Brian Duker – Defensive assistant
Wayne Blair – Defensive quality control – New employee
Stephen Thomas – Defensive quality control

Special teams

Jett Modkins – Assistant of Special Teams
Dave Fipp – Coordinator of Special Teams

Strength and condition

Mike Clark – Sports Performance Director
Jill Costanza – Director of Sports Sciences
Josh Schuler – Strength and Conditioning of the Head
Morris Henry – Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Kevin Anderson – Chief of Staff / Chief Administration Trainer

As you can see, three new hires have joined the coaching team: Senior Offensive Assistant John Morton, Assistant Defensive Line Coach Cameron Davis and Defensive Quality Control Coach Wayne Blair.

Morton – who is he? not Former Lions Receiver – has been in the ranks of the NFL coaches since 1998. His notable positions include 2017 Jets Offensive Coordinator, 49ers winger coach / passing game coach from 2011-14, and most recently was a Senior Offensive Assistant in Las Vegas. Vegas Raiders (2019-21).

Davis’ hiring was leaked earlier this month and we’ve written more about him here. In short, this is his first attempt at coaching at the NFL level, but former Raiders CEO Amy Trask vouched for him after completing an internship early in his career.

Blair actually spent 2021 at Lions training camp under the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program, but this will be his first full year of professional coaching. He played the linebacker at Tulane and had a brief career with the CFL.

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