With free-agency around the corner, and the annual NFL draft just a few months away, the Detroit Lions cemented their 2003 coaching staff roster on Monday.
Unlike the last couple of days, however, their were no additions made.
With vacancies remaining at the offensive coordinator position, and coaching holes at wide receiver and defensive back, Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg looked inhouse for his replacements.
Sherm Lewis, who previously served as a special offensive assistant, will replace Dallas-bound Maurice Carthon as the offensive coordinator, although he will not call plays. Carthon will also coach the wide receivers, replacing the fired Larry Kirksey.
On the defensive side of the ball, current defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer will continue his duties in addition to coaching the defensive backs. Ray Horton coached the position last year but will focus primarily on the nickel package in 2003.
In a phone call with the AP from the Senior Bowl, Mornhinweg commented that experience played a key role in his decisions.
"It isn't common for both coordinators to do that, yet I love the experience that both Kurt and Sherm bring to the table," Mornhinweg said. "They have both coached those positions for many years, and in the systems that we use. We don't want to miss a chance to use that experience."