Lions hire Cunningham as D-coordinator

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Gunther Cunningham is Detroit's new defensive coordinator, according to a (very) early-morning press release issued by the team. Cunningham has been the clear No. 1 candidate for the job since new Lions coach Jim Schwartz was hired last week.

I'll be back with analysis a bit later Wednesday morning, but I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the news. Cunningham and Schwartz worked together on the Tennessee staff from 2001 to 2003.