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Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Mobile, Ala. — Among the first changes new Lions general manager Bob Quinn made after being hired was dismissing the strength and conditioning staff.

Quinn said he and coach Jim Caldwell discussed the decision before firing Jason Arapoff and Ted Rath last week, but for now, there’s no timetable for finding their replacements other than before the offseason program begins this spring.

“We thought that was the best decision for the Lions,” Quinn said. “We’re going to go out there and hire the best strength coaches that we can find, so I think that’s the bottom line. We have a lot of traits that we’re looking for; I’m not going to share those with you. But I think we’re aligned with what we want and we’re going to go out and find that guys.”

Arapoff, who had been the coordinator of physical development, was with the Lions since 2001. Rath, the former assistant strength and conditioning coach, joined the team in 2009.

If the Lions want a coach familiar with Quinn, one just became available. According to ESPN, the Patriots fired strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash Wednesday. Nash had been with New England since 2005.