Detroit Lions fire special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs after fake punt call
The Detroit Lions fired special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs on Monday, the day after he called an unauthorized fake boat against the Tennessee Titans.
Coombs, 34, was in his first season with the Lions after spending 10 years with the Cincinnati Bengals.
On Sunday, when the Lions were between 32 and 18 early in the fourth quarter, they ran a false punt on the fourth and fourth games of the Titans' 31-yard line.
C.J. Moore took a direct snapshot of Don Muhlbach and ran to the short side of the field, where he was stopped just inches before a first descent.
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The Titans took possession of the Lions' 34-yard line and scored six games later to break the game.
When asked about the post-game call, Lions interim trainer Darrell Bevell said, "As for the decision, the boat, we like some of the fakes we've had. We believe our (personal protector) is some guy who has something good. " Speed, you have the option to block the ledge and get him on the ledge so we did that. We could definitely have left the offense out there as well. "
Coombs, the third special team coordinator the Lions had for the past three seasons, is the first assistant to be laid off since the Lions split from head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn last month.
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Reached by cellphone on Monday morning, Coombs said he would clean up his office and call back the Free Press later that day.
Marquice Williams will be the coordinator of the special teams.
Contact Dave Birkett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.
This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions Fire Brayden Coombs, who was the coordinator of the special teams
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