Ex-Bears coach takes job with the Lions

Broncos offensive line coach is set to join the Falcons.


Published: Monday, January 19, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 19, 2004 at 3:20 a.m.
CHICAGO - Deep down, friends say, Dick Jauron always has had the heart of a Lion.
Now Jauron will coach on the staff of the Detroit team he represented for his first five seasons as an NFL player.
The Lions hired the former Bears coach Sunday to become their defensive coordinator, reuniting Jauron with head coach and old buddy Steve Mariucci.
Mariucci and Jauron became close friends while coaching on the Green Bay Packers' staff in the early 1990s, and Mariucci was one of several coaches to speak out in support of Jauron last month.
Jauron's new job doesn't let his old employer off the hook financially. His three-year deal reportedly will pay him $1 million annually for the second and third years of the contract, but only $500,000 next season, league sources said. That means the Bears still will owe Jauron about $1.7 million, the difference between his salary for the final year of his contract and what the Lions will pay him.
n FALCONS: No matter what happens the rest of the offseason, the Denver Broncos will not suffer a loss as potentially damaging as the one expected to occur today.
Offensive line guru Alex Gibbs, regarded as one of the finest offensive line coaches in NFL history and one of the major reasons Denver's line has been dominant the past decade, said he is on the verge of accepting the full-time offensive line coaching position with Atlanta.
With Rick Dennison as their full-time offensive line coach and Gibbs working on a part-time basis in Denver, the Broncos balked at giving Gibbs the power he will get in Atlanta.

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