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Lions hire Bonamego as special teams coach

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The Detroit Lions filled their last remaining coaching vacancy, hiring John Bonamego as special teams coach, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.

Bonamego interviewed with Lions coach Jim Schwartz on Thursday. He replaces Danny Crossman, who left the team earlier in the week to take the same job with the Buffalo Bills.

The Lions struggled on special teams in 2012. They were the first team in NFL history to allow kick- and punt-return touchdowns in consecutive games.

Bonamego was with the Jacksonville Jaguars this season. He also had stints with the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers.

The Jaguars were sixth in the league in net punt average (40.8) but gave up two punt-return touchdowns in the final week against the Tennessee Titans. They also ranked in the bottom tier of the league in kick- and punt-return average.

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