The Detroit Lions have been busy re-signing their coaching staff this offseason, giving all three of their coordinators new deals shortly after being eliminated from the NFL Playoffs. They received those extensions because of said NFL Playoffs, and the fact that the Lions made their first appearance in said postseason in about a decade. According to MLive.com, the Lions agreed to terms on a new deal with receivers coach Shawn Jefferson on Friday.
That means all of their coaches from the 2011 season that saw the Lions start 5-0 and make themselves a serious threat in the postseason are under contract for 2012. This likely means the team will do their best to retain all of the free agents they can, because from top to bottom, they believe in what they are doing and what they were able to do this past season.
As the report suggests, the Lions will now move on to pursue a new contract with head coach Jim Schwartz. He's got one more year remaining on the four-year contract he signed when he joined the team and spurred this huge turn-around. The team would like to lock him up, probably to add-on another three years or so. Schwartz hasn't always been perfect, but if there's one thing that's clear, it's that the players have totally bought in and play well under him, and that's what matters.