Source: Skidding Lions fire DB coach Pleasant

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have fired defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Pleasant was in his second season in the role in Detroit after previous NFL stops with the Los Angeles Rams, Washington Commanders and Cleveland Browns.

Detroit (1-6) has decided to make the move after its fifth straight defeat, a 31-27 loss Sunday to Miami in which Dolphins receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle torched the secondary unit.

Hill caught 12 passes for 188 yards, and Waddle made eight catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Detroit’s defense is allowing a league-high 32.14 points per game. Through seven games, 225 points is the second-most they’ve allowed in a seven-game span in franchise history, and teams have now scored at least 24 points in nine straight games against the Lions, dating back to last season.

Pleasant was credited with the development of cornerback Jeff Okudah, the No. 3 pick of the 2020 draft. He is a native of Flint, Michigan.

The Detroit Free Press was the first to report news of the move.

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