KRUNKuno Posted December 13, 2015 Share Posted December 13, 2015 (edited) Remember our coaching search when Dan Quinn was supposed to be the savior according to a lot of pundits and posters?There was another guy in the hunt by the name of Teryl Austin who was getting consideration. The Detroit Lions DC interviewed here and got into a bit of a tift with Scott Pioli when he was asked about his tenure in the league and choice of OC. It was at that point he truly sealed his fate of not being hired because he showed that he wasnt going to fall in line with the good ol' boy system in place.Quinn, who already attatched his name with the awesome Kyle Shanahan, fell in line with what Blank, TD and Pioli wanted...a pawn.While in Detroit, Austin has done more with less as a DC and has been nowhere near as fortunate to have the overall level of talent that Dan Quinn had while in Seattle. It was a key reason I wanted him, knowing that the talent on our roster was hideous. But the rift with Pioli is what excited me more. It showed that Austin was going to be a HC that was more about instilling an attitude that would run from the top down.So what has Austin done? Here's an excerpt from an article written not too many hours ago:Teryl Austin is the star of this staff, there is no doubt. He took over a middling defense last year and immediately turned it into the league's No. 2 outfit. That's the single biggest reason Detroit went 11-5.Then Austin lost his two best players, with Ndamukong Suh bolting in free agency and DeAndre Levy suffering a season-ending hip injury. And all he's done is turn in another impressive coaching job in the second half of this season.Despite losing those guys plus starters Rashean Mathis and Tyrunn Walker to injuries, Detroit is allowing just 17.5 points in the second half of this season. That's after allowing 30.6 points per game in the first half.The run defense has quietly climbed the charts too, stifling opponents for 58.5 yards per game over the past month. That's an even better clip than what Detroit established last year, when it was one of the best ever against the run.This is impressive stuff, once again, from Austin, who continues to prove he's a brilliant defensive mind. So impressive, you have to wonder if this is the year someone gives him a crack at his first head coaching job. He nearly got the Atlanta job last year, and probably will be a hot candidate again next offseason.http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2015/12/ask_kyle_detroit_lions_21.htmlI'm going to be honest. I love saying I told you so. I said Quinn would be a flop and that Shanahan was hot garbage. Quinn was aided with having great talent in his system. Furthermore, Seattle has a better scouting system and GM as evidenced by taking guys like Tyler Lockett (who i begged for) and finding a Thomas Rawls as a udfa. Now we're atuck with a penalty filled team made up of a quarterback who doesnt fit the OC's scheme and a defense with talent that has been talentless for all 8 years we've had RyanThe point I want to make really is not to say I told you so, but to point out that this team will never be anything until some top heads roll. Until you change the attitude at the top of management we'll never be anything. Edited December 13, 2015 by KRUNKuno Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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