Lions' Randy Edsall returns as UConn coach

Justin Rogers, The Detroit News

Allen Park — Lions head coach Jim Caldwell always wants the best for his assistants, even if taking a job elsewhere temporarily weakens his own staff.

Such is the case with director of football research Randy Edsall, who accepted UConn head coach position.

“I think he is a strong candidate for that job and I’m hoping everything works out for him because it would certainly be great for him,” Caldwell said.

Edsall previously coached UConn from 1999-2010, before taking over at Maryland. He joined the Lions this offseason.

Quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who played four seasons for Edsall at UConn, was thrilled to hear his former coach was returning.

“He’s a really good coach, a great recruiter and I have really expectations for him to do a really good job there,” Orlovsky said.

Included in Edsall’s roles with Detroit are advanced scouting opposing defenses and assisting, along with Evan Rothstein, with in-game clock management.

It remains unclear whether he’ll remain with the team through the end of the season.

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