Two guys in line for Lions D.C. position.

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Justin Vanfulpen - LionsFans.com

PONTIAC - The Detroit Lions are looking for a new defensive coordinator to replace the recently fired Vince Tobin, and right now there is two names that they are looking strongly at.

John Marshall, defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers the past three seasons, and Baltimore linebackers coach Jack Del Rio.

Marshall, who is older then Del Rio (56) and coached 10 years at San Francisco before moving on to Carolina is highly regarded around the NFL. But the Panthers defense ranked lower than Detroit in 2001 -- finishing last in the NFL in yards allowed. Marshall is under contract with the Panthers, but probably will be available when a new coach is hired to replace George Seifert.

Del Rio, the former All Pro Minnesota Vikings linebacker, is thought to land the defensive coordinator position with the Ravens if Marvin Lewis (current D.C.) receives a head coaching position.

Del Rio is the person that head coach Marty Mornhinweg and GM Matt Millen want, but he will take the Ravens defensive coordinator job over the Lions defensive coordinator position if it is available.

The Lions plan to run a more aggressive, simpler defense then the did last season. It will be an attacking defense and closer to the defense that the team ran in 2000.

The team doesn't expect to return starting right defense end Tracy Scroggins, starting outside linebacker Allen Aldridge, and starting free safety Kurt Schulz. They would like to have Luther Elliss re-work his deal, but he also could be traded and the Lions are rumored to be asking a second round pick for him. If a team wants Chris Claiborne, they can get him also for a high second round draft pick. Stephen Boyd is also on the trading block and all the Lions are looking to get from this two time Pro-Bowl player is a fourth round draft pick. If the Lions do decide to keep Boyd, they are going to ask him to rework his contract for a lower salary cap number. But if he does not want to, he also could also could be released.


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