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Lions include Jim O’Neil, Deshea Townsend and Terrell Williams to training personnel

Allen Park, Mich.– The Detroit Lions revealed today the following additions to the training personnel. Agreement terms were not divulged.

Jim O’Neil – Defensive Assistant

Most just recently acting as the protective planner at Northwestern (2021-22), O’Neil signs up with the Lions for his 12th season as an NFL coach after formerly working for the Las Vegas Raiders (2019-20– protective backs; 2018– senior protective assistant), San Francisco 49ers (2016– protective planner), Cleveland Browns (2014-15– protective organizer), Buffalo Bills (2013– linebackers) and New York Jets (2010-12– assistant protective backs; 2009– protective quality control/defensive backs).

Prior to getting in the NFL training ranks, O’Neil invested 8 seasons training in the NCAA, operating at Eastern Michigan (2006-08– safeties/recruiting planner), Towson (2005– protective coordinator/defensive backs), Northwestern (2003-04– graduate assistant), Pennsylvania (2002– assistant offending line) and SUNY Albany (2001– assistant offending line/tight ends).

Deshea Townsend – Passing Game Coordinator/Defensive Backs

Townsend enters his 10th season as an NFL coach after most just recently investing 2 seasons (2022-23) as the death video game coordinator/cornerbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He likewise functioned as the secondary coach for the Chicago Bears from 2019-21, assistant protective backs coach for the New York Giants in 2018, protective backs coach for the Tennessee Titans from 2016-17 and assistant protective backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals from 2011-12. He likewise operated in the college ranks as the cornerbacks coach at Mississippi State from 2013-15.

Prior to starting his training profession, Townsend divided 13 seasons as a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1998-2009) and Indianapolis Colts (2010 ). Appearing in 191-career video games (80 starts), he amounted to 428 takes on, 116 pass defenses, 21 interceptions, 15.5 sacks, 5 required fumbles, 4 fumble healings and 3 interceptions returned for goals. He assisted the Steelers record success in Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII.

Terrell Williams – Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line

Williams signs up with the Lions for his 27th season in training and his 13th year in the NFL after most just recently investing the last 6 seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2023– assistant head coach/defensive line; 2018-22– protective line). Under his tutelage, the Titans led the NFL in hurrying backyards permitted per video game (76.9) in 2022 and permitted the most affordable hurrying average (4.00) and fourth-fewest hurrying lawns (10,044) in the NFL throughout that period. He likewise assisted DL Jeffery Simmons make 2 Second-Team AP All-Pro choices and make 2 journeys to the Pro Bowl. Prior to signing up with the Titans, Williams functioned as the protective line coach for the Miami Dolphins (2015-17) and Oakland Raiders (2012-14).

Before signing up with the NFL training ranks, Williams worked as the protective line coach at Texas A&M (2010-11), Purdue (2006-09), Akron (2004-05), Youngstown State (2002-03), North Carolina A&T (1999-2001) and Fort Scott Community College (1998 ). He functioned as Lions Executive Vice President and General Manager Brad Holmes’ position coach at North Carolina A&T for his 3 seasons at the school.

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