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9-7, 2nd in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Kocurek is the fourth assistant to leave the Lions. Offensive line coach Ron Prince was fired on Jan. 1 with head coach Jim Caldwell. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin left for a similar position in Cincinnati and Matt Raich, an assistant defensive line coach, also left for the Bengals. And now Kocurek to the Dolphins, where he will reunite with Ndamukong Suh and Dolphins DC Matt Burke. Kocurek and Burke coached together in Detroit under Jim Schwartz as DL and LB coaches. Other than Prince, the offensive staff has remained intact.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Lions wait to hire their head coach, they have lost another assistant. Defensive line coach Kris Kocurek is headed to Miami for a similar role with the Dolphins, his wife posted on Facebook this morning. Kocurek had been with Detroit since 2009 and coached through the Jim Schwartz and Jim Caldwell eras. He also was Ndamukong Suh's position coach during his time with the Lions -- a pairing that will reunite in Miami. Kocurek is widely respected around the league and was particularly good in Detroit of getting players to reach unexpected potential (Kerry Hyder, George Johnson and Devin Taylor).

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis and punt returner Jamal Agnew were both named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team Tuesday. Davis was the Lions' first round pick in 2017 and Agnew, who has also been named an All-Pro by the PFWA, was a fifth-round pick. Agnew was also named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press earlier this month.

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Re-grading every NFL team's 2017 offseason

Few paid much attention last March when the Minnesota Vikings signed Case Keenum to a one-year contract for $2 million -- but that move became one of the most pivotal of the 2017 season. Here's how every team's offseason acquisitions look now.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions rookie punt returner Jamal Agnew was named to the Pro Football Writers Association's All-NFL team as a punt returner, the only Lions player to make the team. Agnew was also named to the All-NFC team along with Lions cornerback Darius Slay. Slay was named to the Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro as well by the Associated Press.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Worth noting that Bill Belichick's assistants going to head coaching roles haven't had great success. None of the three men who left Belichick directly for NFL gigs had an over-.500 record in their stints. Combined, Josh McDaniels, Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini had a 72-119 record in their tenures (McDaniels 11-17 in Denver; Crennel 28-55 in Cleveland and Kansas City and Mangini 33-47 with the Jets and Browns).

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5dAdam Schefter

Sources: Patricia expected to be Lions coach

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is likely to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Two assistant coaches on former Lions HC Jim Caldwell's staff have now left the organization as Matt Raich is going to Cincinnati as a defensive assistant. There, he'll join Teryl Austin, the former Lions DC who was hired as the Bengals DC this week. That number does not include Ron Prince. The former Lions' offensive line coach was let go on Jan. 1, the same day as Caldwell.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Teryl Austin, not surprisingly, praised former Lions coach Jim Caldwell and that he has "a ton of respect for him." Worked with or for Caldwell at four different places, including Baltimore and Detroit. Also said Lloyd Carr was one of the people who was one of his biggest mentors. Austin worked under Carr at Michigan.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Lions DC Teryl Austin said he knew "it probably wasn't going to happen because of what happened to us as a staff," as far as being hired as a head coach in Detroit this time around. That's not a surprise. Austin was the first person interviewed in the process. He's being introduced as Cincinnati's defensive coordinator today. He did say in some of his interviews in the past, he didn't put his best foot forward and he's learned from that.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions WR TJ Jones announced on Twitter late Wednesday he had surgery. This comes almost a month after he injured his shoulder against the on Dec. 16 against the Chicago Bears that ended the best season of his career. Jones had 30 catches for 399 yards and a touchdown in 2017. He's an intriguing case for the Lions in the offseason, too, because he's a restricted free agent. However, it's unlikely he'd be any higher than the No. 4 receiver in the Lions rotation -- so he's one of the many tougher calls general manager Bob Quinn and the new coaching staff is going to have to decide on over the next couple of months.

Team Stats

Passing Yards261.46th
Rushing Yards76.332nd
Points For25.67th
Points Against23.521st