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Teryl Austin | Defensive Lineman

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (52) / 3/3/1965

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ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions DC Teryl Austin's interview for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy will take place on Tuesday.
Austin is also interviewing for the Rams' job. The Lions' defense got pasted in three straight games to close out the season, but Austin is well regarded in league circles. We'd say he's 50-50 to land a head-coaching job this offseason. Jan 8 - 9:46 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for head-coaching vacancies in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Both teams had already shown interest but couldn't interview Austin until the Lions were eliminated from the postseason. After losing to Seattle in the Wild Card round, Austin is now free to pursue a head-coaching opportunity. Austin made the rounds last offseason as well, earning interviews with the Browns, Dolphins, Giants and Titans. He just finished his third season as the Lions' DC.
Jan 8 - 8:29 AM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports the Chargers have requested permission to interview Lions DC Teryl Austin for their head-coaching vacancy.'s Ian Rapoport reports the Rams are also interested. Austin was a hot name last year, and is remaining so for 2017. He did a solid job with a majorly banged up defense this season.
Jan 3 - 6:09 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin's Titans interview will take place on Friday.

It's Austin's last chance at landing a head-coaching gig, as every other job has filled. That, of course, could change if Austin's boss, Jim Caldwell, is fired in Detroit. He's unlikely to get the Titans job, as interim coach Mike Mularkey is the heavy favorite to officially replace Ken Whisenhunt.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 08:35:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Titans will interview Lions DC Teryl Austin for their head-coaching vacancy.

A Monday afternoon report had interim coach Mike Mularkey as the "clear frontrunner" for the Titans' job, but it appears they'll finally start moving and shaking and interviewing outside candidates after sitting on their hands all last week. Austin is very popular; he's had interview requests from five teams.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 06:29:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Austin interviewed with the Browns and Dolphins earlier this week. Austin satisfies the Rooney Rule for the teams that interview him, but it's unclear if he's emerged as a serious head-coaching candidate anywhere so far.
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 11:19:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin's Browns interview will take place on Wednesday.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Austin's preference was to interview with the Dolphins first. It's unclear if he'll do so. Austin has done a strong job over the past two seasons in Detroit, especially considering that he lost All-Pro Ndamukong Suh for 2015.
Tue, Jan 5, 2016 02:30:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for the Dolphins and Browns' head-coaching vacancies this week.

ESPN's Josina Anderson says Austin's "preference" is to interview for the Dolphins' job first, but his schedule hasn't yet been set in stone. Austin oversaw one of the NFL's best defenses in 2014. It lost some mustard in 2015, but was still a respectable unit that got better over the course of the season. Austin also satisfies the Rooney Rule for the teams he interviews with.
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 10:19:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin's agent Eric Metz said his client will interview for open head coaching positions.

It is unclear if Austin and the rest of the coaching staff in Detroit will be retained, but Metz said he is already lining up initial interviews. Austin interviewed with several teams last season and appeared to be a finalist for the Falcons' job. Austin's defense took a step back this season, but he could rightfully point to the loss of Ndamukong Suh among other playmakers for the decline. Austin is a strong candidate who has a good chance to land a job this offseason.
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 09:46:00 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions DC Teryl Austin has withdrawn his name from the Broncos' head-coaching search.

Austin was scheduled to interview with Denver on Friday, but canceled at the last minute. It appears to be Atlanta or a return to Detroit for Austin. He's interviewed twice for the Falcons' head-coaching job, but Atlanta may be waiting to speak with Seahawks DC Dan Quinn and/or Patriots OC Josh McDaniels before making a decision. The Lions would love for Austin to return.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 10:24:00 AM

Lions DC Teryl Austin will no longer interview for the Broncos' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

The interview hasn't been rescheduled, yet. It's unclear why Austin will no longer interview for the gig. There's a possibility the Broncos have already settled on a new coach, or Austin has accepted the Falcons' job.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 09:12:00 AM

A source tells ESPN that part of Teryl Austin's pitch to the Falcons was to bring Adam Gase along as his offensive coordinator.

In search of his first head-coaching opportunity, Austin is making an intriguing play. He's a defensive guru, one that quickly turned an annual liability in Detroit to the league's No. 2 unit. Gase not only has the support of Peyton Manning, but also won games with Tim Tebow. Still, the Falcons may wait until the Seahawks finish their playoff run so they can take a shot at DC Dan Quinn.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 11:50:00 AM

Lions DC Teryl Austin has an interview scheduled with the Broncos on Friday.

Austin will interview for the second time with the Falcons on Thursday. Assuming he leaves Atlanta without a deal, he will visit with the Broncos on Friday. Austin has seemingly interviewed everywhere, but he has not emerged as a favorite anywhere.
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 09:13:00 PM

The Broncos have requested permission to interview Lions DC Teryl Austin for their head-coaching vacancy.

Austin has been connected to just about every head-coaching vacancy, but has yet to emerge as a favorite anywhere. Broncos GM John Elway seems to want to make a bold hire after bemoaning John Fox's inability to take the team to the next level, but it wouldn't be surprising if he leaned offense as the Broncos gear up for perhaps one final run with Peyton Manning.
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 06:35:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin has a second head-coaching interview with Falcons scheduled on Thursday.

Cardinals DC Todd Bowles is seen as the favorite to replace Mike Smith, but the Falcons are doing their full due diligence. Austin could be a fallback plan if Bowles surprisingly heads to the Bears or Jets at the last minute.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 02:41:00 PM

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