The Detroit Lions are hiring John Bonamego to fill the special teams coordinator vacancy — a position that has technically been empty since November.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) January 22, 2019
Bonamego was most recently the head coach for Central Michigan University (2015-18). He actually returns to Detroit as he previously had a two-year stint as the Lions special teams coordinator back in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Division rivals, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, also showed interest in adding Bonamego to their staff.
I’m hearing that three NFC North teams have reached out to John Bonamego to show interest in joining their staff: Packers, Vikings and Lions.
— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) January 19, 2019
In total, he has a combined 16 years of experience as a coach in the NFL — entering the league in 1999.
The Lions fired former ST coach Joe Marciano mid-season in 2018 but never officially named a new coordinator. Assistant special teams coach Devin Fitzsimmons took on a larger role and handled a good portion of the Marciano’s old duties. Overall, it was a collective effort amongst coaches to backfill the position and finish out the remainder of the season.
With GM Bob Quinn and HC Matt Patricia recently coming to an agreement with OC Darrell Bevell, their coordinator search can come to an end. Time to focus on free agency and the NFL draft.
(This article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)