Ex-Packers assistant promoted in Detroit

Former Green Bay Packers assistant coach Sherman Lewis was promoted to offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions today. Lewis also will coach the wide receivers.<p>

Lewis was a special assistant for the Lions last year. He replaces Maurice Carthon, who left to work as offensive coordinator under Bill Parcells in Dallas. Lewis also replaces fired receivers coach Larry Kirksey, the fourth Lions' assistant to leave the team in the past two weeks.

Lewis was offensive coordinator for the Packers from 1992-99 and the Minnesota Vikings in 2000-01.

Defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer also will be the defensive backs coach.

Former Michigan State head coach Bobby Williams filled the vacant running backs position Jan. 10.

Detroit has had trouble attracting candidates for its vacant coaching jobs because head coach Marty Mornhinweg has only one year remaining on his current contract. Mornhinweg is 5-27 in his first two seasons with the Lions.

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