Detroit Lions: Surprising List of Great Coaches That Got Away from the Lions

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Detroit Lions: Surprising List of Great Coaches That Got Away from the Lions
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The Detroit Lions have often been referred to as a graveyard for coaching, but some of the greatest coaches in NFL history spent some time wearing Honolulu Blue & Silver.

We are all familiar with the lack of head coaching talent that has patrolled the Detroit Lions sideline for several decades. If you are not, check out Nick Kostora’s article about the “best” coaches from teams past.

If you do not have the time, here is the Cliffs Notes version—they all sucked.

From Harry Gilmer and Monte Clark right up through the Millen era, the quality grade of head coaches for the Detroit Lions is similar to the beef utilized by a popular Mexican food chain that had a chihuahua for a spokesdog—Grade D, suitable for human consumption.

Yo quiero Imitrex.

But you may be surprised by the quality of coaches that flew under the Lions’ radar and were allowed to sneak out the back door and go on to very successful careers after their time in the Motor City.

Following is a list of coaches that once wore the Lions logo, but moved on to bigger and better things in the NFL, leaving the Detroit franchise a distant memory.

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