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Lions fire offensive coordinator and line coaches after falling to 1-6

Lions fire offensive coordinator and line coaches after falling to 1-6

The Detroit Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan on Monday, a day after the team fell to 1-6 with a listless performance in a 28-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Coach Jim Caldwell had given no indication that major changes were imminent in his Monday news conference, but the team announced the dismissals a few hours later. Quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter will take over as offensive coordinator. Detroit faces Kansas City on Sunday in London.

Blocking problems have plagued the Lions all season, limiting quarterback...

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