The Detroit Lions will fill their coaching vacancy on the offensive line by promoting Hank Fraley, reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. He replaces Jeff Davidson, who stepped away from coaching.
Fraley spent the past two seasons as Detroit’s assistant offensive line coach and previously served in that role for the Vikings. The former NFL veteran has been a team’s top offensive line coach three times, each at California colleges — the University of San Diego, San Jose State and UCLA — and each stay lasted one season.
Fraley, 42, spent three seasons with the Vikings. Davidson is coaching as part of the Lions’ Senior Bowl staff but will not return for the 2020 season.
There is more to report out of Detroit:
- After some murky comments about his future in Detroit, offensive guard Graham Glasgow could well be a starter somewhere else in 2020. The Lions are expected to let Glasgow walk in free agency, Birkett reports. While they would still have four of their five starting offensive linemen back, Glasgow has been a productive player for years and would profile as one of the better blockers available come March. Working in a three-guard rotation with Joe Dahl and Kenny Wiggins, Glasgow rated as Pro Football Focus’ No. 12 guard this season.
- Although head coach Matt Patricia gave Paul Pasqualoni play-calling responsibilities in his two-year stay as Lions defensive coordinator, it is not yet known if new Detroit DC Cory Undlin will call plays. As of now, Undlin has “no idea” if he will be calling the signals next season, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com. The Lions fell from 10th to 31st in total defense in Pasqualoni’s second season in charge, and DVOA rated Detroit’s defense as a bottom-end unit (27th and 28th) in each of Pasqualoni’s two years running the unit.
- Given the Lions’ endorsement of QB Matthew Stafford, and the hot seats Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are on, the draft’s No. 3 overall pick could be for sale. While Patricia said (via Birkett) it is too early to declare the team open for business at No. 3, his and Quinn’s comments about Stafford’s status point to the Lions as a candidate to move down and collect assets from a team eyeing QBs Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. Patricia does not expect Stafford’s injury issues over the past two years to affect how the Lions proceed in the draft.