Lions interview Ike Hilliard for OC as Campbell vows to 'find the right staff'


Dan Campbell is vowing to turn over every stone, rock and boulder in football to assemble the right coaching staff for the Lions.

"I'm going to find the right staff," Detroit's new head coach said at his first press conference Thursday. "I'm not going to find a staff that's loaded with just a bunch of people that look good on paper. Man, I am scouring -- I was going to say the country, but even beyond the country, if you will.

"I'm looking for the best coaches I can find for the best spots. There's great coaches out there, you just have to find them."

Campbell has already found his defensive coordinator: former Pro Bowl CB and Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn.

His search for an offensive coordinator began Wednesday with Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban and continued Thursday with Steelers wide receivers coach Ike Hillard.

Hillard interviewed for the job Thursday afternoon, according to Albert Breer.

Hilliard, who enjoyed a 12-year playing career with the Giants and the Bucs, oversaw a receiving core in Pittsburgh this season that led the NFL in catches and ranked sixth in touchdowns.

Hilliard and Campbell overlapped with the Dolphins in 2011, when Hilliard was an assistant receivers coach and Campbell was the tight ends coach. Hilliard was also a receivers coach for Washington and Buffalo before joining the Steelers last year.

Campbell said Thursday he's "probably already interviewed four coordinators on both sides of the ball."

"I'm working through that," he said. "And as soon as I get out of here, I'm taking this jacket and this tie off, I'm putting on my Lions gear and I'm going to work, man. I'm going to be on the phone, I'm going to be on my laptop, and we're going to get going."

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