Detroit Lions' David Walker leaving coaching to spend time with family

Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions assistant David Walker is leaving the coaching profession to spend more time with his family.

Walker, who spent the last three seasons as running backs coach, announced the decision in a statement released by the team on Tuesday.

“I am at peace with my decision to step away from the coaching profession to pursue other opportunities," Walker said. "At this juncture of my life I realize that my family needs outweigh my desire to continue coaching football. I’ve appreciated my time working in Detroit and I wish the entire organization nothing but future success.”

Jun 5, 2018; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back coach David Walker looks on during practice at the Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Walker joined the Lions in 2016, after a year off from football, and was retained by the team after Matt Patricia took over for Jim Caldwell last February.

He worked closely with rookie running back Kerryon Johnson this season, and help revitalize a Lions rushing attack that averaged more than 100 yards rushing per game for the first time since 2013.

Patricia has declined to talk about his coaching staff since firing Jim Bob Cooter as offensive coordinator two days after the Lions finished the season with a 6-10 record.

Darrell Bevell was hired to replace Cooter earlier this month, and the Lions re-hired John Bonamego as special teams coordinator.

Lions running backs coach David Walker at their practice facility in Allen Park on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

In addition to finding a new running backs coach, the Lions have two low-level assistant coaching vacancies – neither offensive assistant Derius Swinton nor defensive quality control assistant Steve WIlliams were retained after the season – and will need to find a new quarterbacks coach after ESPN reported George Godsey is leaving after the Super Bowl to become tight ends coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Walker has spent 25 years in coaching at the high school, college and professional level. Before joining the Lions, he worked as running backs coach for the Indianapolis Colts from 2011-14.

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