Lions relieve DeVone Claybrooks of head coach duties

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The B.C. Lions have relieved DeVone Claybrooks of his head coaching duties, per sources.

B.C. went 5-13 and finished last in the West Division. Claybrooks signed a three-year deal through the 2021 season last December.

There was a meeting held with owner David Braley, president Rick LeLacheur and general manager Ed Hervey on Monday which determined the off-season direction of the franchise.

Claybrooks orchestrated the stingiest defence in the CFL during the 2018 season, a key part of the Stampeders’ championship team. When Claybrooks was elevated to defensive coordinator in Calgary the Stamps were difficult to score points against. However, B.C. allowed the most points in the West Division in 2019 (452).

The 42-year-old former defensive lineman played four seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Bucs, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. Claybrooks played for Montreal from 2007 and 2008 then Calgary 2009 to 2011 before moving into coaching.

If Claybrooks chooses he won’t be out of work for long, but he can be selective knowing there is two years of severance pay coming his way.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.