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Detroit Lions set to keep Tanner Engstrand with final offensive coordinator vacancy filled

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For a brief period, it appeared that the Detroit Lions might face the prospect of losing both of their coordinators and potentially an assistant coach to promotions elsewhere. Passing game coordinator Tanner Engstrand was linked to three offensive coordinator vacancies, including those with the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawks.

While the first two positions were filled over the past week, with the Seahawks’ new head coach Mike Macdonald still assembling his staff, late news emerged on Friday that Ryan Grubb had been appointed as the Seahawks’ new offensive coordinator. With all NFL head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator roles now filled, Engstrand is set to return as the Lions’ passing game coordinator in 2024. Moreover, if offensive coordinator Ben Johnson were to depart for a head coaching role in the future, Engstrand emerges as a leading internal candidate to step into that role.

The Lions have made adjustments to their coaching staff, with Terrell Williams joining as the new defensive line coach and Deshea Townsend expected to assume the role of cornerbacks coach and defensive pass game coordinator. While official announcements are pending, once the entire coaching staff for 2024 is confirmed, details will be forthcoming.

The ability to retain top assistant coaches is a testament to the Lions’ success this past season. While achieving conference semifinals, it’s uncommon for teams to avoid losing any assistants to other opportunities. This underscores the loyalty of Dan Campbell’s coaching staff and their desire to remain part of the Lions’ setup while also considering their future prospects carefully.

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