Morning Roar: Cunningham's return good

February, 13, 2014
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His exact role with the Detroit Lions may still be somewhat unclear and he is yet another holdover coach from the Jim Schwartz regime over the past five seasons, but new coach Jim Caldwell sticking with old defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham will end up being a good call.

The Detroit Free Press reported Cunningham will be a senior assistant with the team, and his presence should only be a benefit to first-time NFL defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. At the very least, Cunningham can be another voice and ear for Austin to rely on as he figures out what goes into planning a defense during his first season, especially since Cunningham has different expertise than Austin.

Austin has been primarily a defensive backs coach. Cunningham, when he has been a position coach, has worked primarily with linebackers and the defensive line. So he'll offer a different perspective and a voice of experience. Plus, he'll be another set of eyes evaluating talent.

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