Lions’ Mariucci Retains Two Assistants
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) _ Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci retained special teams coach Chuck Priefer and assistant defensive coach Don Clemons on Friday.
Priefer and Clemons are the first Detroit assistants to stay on under Mariucci, the former San Francisco 49ers coach hired Tuesday to succeed the fired Marty Mornhinweg. Terms of their contracts were not disclosed.
Priefer is entering his seventh season as special teams coach. His 14-year NFL coaching career includes two seasons at Green Bay and five with the San Diego Chargers.
Clemons is entering his 19th season on the Lions’ staff, extending the franchise record for coaching longevity he set in 2001. His duties have included defensive assistant, strength and conditioning, and coaching linebackers and nickel and dime cornerbacks.
Mariucci said Wednesday that he had hired Richard Smith as assistant head coach and linebackers coach, Andy Sugarman as an offensive assistant and Kevin Lartigue as an administrative assistant. All three were with him in San Francisco.