Lions hire former Ohio State star QB JT Barrett as offensive assistant

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The Detroit Lions announced an exciting addition to their coaching staff on Saturday. The team announced via their official Twitter account that they had hiring former Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett in the extremely vague role of offensive assistant.

Considering Barrett is just beginning his coaching career, that title makes some sense. He’s a former attacking player, and he’ll probably work with the attacking coaching staff and the team will find the role that’s best for him, and that’s how he will make his way into the coaching world.

The Detroit connection likely goes through head coach Dan Campbell. Barrett spent much of the 2018 and 2019 NFL seasons on the New Orleans Saints practice squad, and Campbell was the team’s assistant head coach and tight ends coach at the time.

Campbell’s coaching staff already includes many young (or young) former NFL players, including Duce Staley, Mark Brunell, Antwaan Randle-El, Aaron Glenn, Aubrey Pleasant and Kelvin Sheppard. It’s an interesting decision for a young team to add these types of voices to the room. Most teams like to rely on experience, but they are also increasingly trying to connect with today’s players, and coaches who were recently players themselves would seem well placed to do just that. .

We don’t yet know what the coaching profession has in store for Barrett, but he has several coaches who have recently held positions like him, to lean on as he makes his way through the coaching world.

Charles P. Patton