Lions land Cunningham for defensive coordinator

The Lions took a major step in their rebuilding process on Wednesday, hiring former Chiefs’ defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham for the same role.

The Detroit Lions have hired Gunther Cunningham to be their new defensive coordinator and coach Jim Schwartz is expected to make an announcement shortly.

Cunningham, who also will hold the title of assistant head coach, was believed to be Schwartz’s No. 1 target.

Cunningham coached linebackers in Tennessee for three years while Schwartz was the defensive coordinator there. Schwartz’s search will now turn toward an offensive coordinator and special teams coach.

This was a solid hire and the Lions commitment to defense is a necessary step in trying to resurrect the franchise.

Word to the wise though, Gunther: leave your former defensive players in Kansas City. The Lions want to upgrade their defense, not make it worse.

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