Teryl Austin: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Lions DC's Future

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Teryl Austin: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Lions DC's Future
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After two seasons as the Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator, Teryl Austin is set to interview for multiple head coaching gigs.

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Titans to Meet with Austin

Monday, Jan. 11

The Tennessee Titans will interview Austin for their head coaching vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Austin to Interview with Miami and Cleveland

Sunday, Jan. 3

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns will interview Austin for their vacant head coaching positions.

Anderson also reported that Austin's preference is to interview with the Dolphins first, but his schedule is not set in stone.

Austin Has Turned into Top Head Coaching Candidate 

In the short amount of time that Austin has been in Detroit, he's changed the culture of the Lions defensively. Before Austin came on board in 2014, the Lions had ranked 15th or worse in scoring defense for 13 consecutive years.

Detroit had the third-best scoring defense and gave up the second-fewest yards in the league under Austin in 2014. This season saw the Lions regress defensively, finishing 25th in points allowed and 17th in yards allowed, but those rankings do not reflect how well Detroit played to finish the season.

The Lions ended 2015 by winning six of their last eight games and held five of their opponents to fewer than 20 points.

If Miami hires Austin, he would reunite with former Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who signed a $114 million contract with the Dolphins last year. In Miami, Austin would be coaching a defense that features stars such as Cameron Wake and Brent Grimes.

Cleveland, who finished 29th in the league with 26.9 points allowed per game, could use a defensive coach like Austin. The Browns will be undergoing another major overhaul after firing general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine on Sunday. In Cleveland, Austin would be leading another rebuilding project that will require patience.

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