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Lions make Holland linebackers coach

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (March 15, 2005) -- The Detroit Lions elevated Johnny Holland to linebackers coach and hired Phil Snow as a defensive assistant.

Holland replaces Richard Smith, hired earlier this month as the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator. Snow will fill the position Holland has held for the past two seasons.

Before joining the Lions, Holland spent three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, first as assistant special-teams/assistant strength and conditioning coach (2000), then as linebackers coach (2001-02). He coached in Green Bay from 1995-99.

Snow spent the past two seasons with the Washington Huskies, the last as defensive coordinator.

The Associated Press News Service

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