Robert Prince will be the Lions' new wide receivers coach. (Associated Press)
New Lions coach Jim Caldwell has nearly filled his staff for 2014 with the addition of former Boise State offensive coordinator Robert Prince as Detroit’s wide receivers coach.
The team announced the hiring Saturday afternoon on Twitter following a report by Fox Sports.
Prince was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator for the past two seasons and has been coaching since 1989, with most of his experience in college or the NFL.
With the hire, the Lions’ last position coach opening is for quarterbacks, but there’s a chance they may not fill it with Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi having extensive histories of working with signal callers. The Lions may also add more assistant position coaches.
Prince’s most recent NFL job was in 2009 as the wide receivers coach for the Seattle Seahawks. He worked for the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06, splitting time as an offensive assistant with running backs, tights ends and quarterbacks. Then, he spent two seasons as assistant wide receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Caldwell said Monday at the Senior Bowl he was looking for a wide receivers coach who is “knowledgeable, energetic, enthusiastic and has expertise in what he’s doing.”
While the Lions have the NFL’s top receiver in Calvin Johnson, who has averaged 1,712 receiving yards the past three seasons, they will be looking for at least one more threat in the passing game this offseason. Prince will also have to help Johnson continue to improve.
“The good thing about it is (Johnson) always wants to get better,” Caldwell said. “He’s a worker, and I think when a guy has that kind of attitude, they’ll find a way.”