The Detroit Lions introduced Thursday morning they employed Dre Bly as their new cornerbacks coach. Bly left the identical submit at North Carolina in January after serving on the Tar Heels’ soccer workers below coach Mack Brown for 4 seasons. The UNC alum was additionally a two-time Professional Bowl choice as a participant and spent 5 seasons as a member of the Lions.
Bly got here to North Carolina within the mid-Nineties and have become a second-round decide of the then-St. Louis Rams within the 1999 NFL Draft following a standout profession at UNC. Bly moved from St. Louis to the Lions after which spent quick stints with the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. He returned to the Lions forward of the 2010 season, however the workforce launched him in September of that yr. Bly retired from there.
Bly initially obtained into teaching with the San Diego Fleet of the now-defunct Alliance of American Soccer in 2018. North Carolina employed him in 2019, and Bly emerged as a high recruiter. Among the many gamers that Bly recruited to UNC have been five-star cornerback Tony Grimes, five-star offensive deal with Zach Rice, five-star defensive lineman Keeshawn Silver, four-star quarterback Drake Maye and four-star quarterback Sam Howell. Maye is taken into account a frontrunner for the 2023 Heisman Trophy.
Nonetheless, North Carolina’s move protection struggled during the last couple of years. The Heels ranked No. 106 of 131 groups on the FBS degree in yards per try allowed via the air in 2022.
Upon leaving Chapel Hill, Bly issued a press release concerning his departure on social media.
“Tar Heel Nation, it has been actual,” Bly wrote, via Ross Martin of InsideCarolina. “Thanks a lot on your help that you’ve got given me through the years. The love and pleasure have been superb! Within the final 4 years, we have been in a position to attend an Orange Bowl and ACC championship. These experiences will all the time be remembered.
“Bubba (Cunningham), thanks for the chance to offer again to the college the place it began for me. And Coach Mack, phrases cannot categorical how grateful and appreciative I’m for you stepping out on religion and bringing me on as a part of your workers for the final 4 years. I’ve realized rather a lot from you not nearly soccer but in addition about life. Thanks for investing in me.
“And with all my experiences and information I’ve gained in Chapel Hill, I’ll proceed to pursue and pursue my teaching goals. I am enthusiastic about my future. To my mates and all my household thanks for being my largest supporters and encourages. I’ll proceed to make you proud. That is solely the start. Properly, Tar Heel Nation it is about that point! I obtained nothing however love for y’all and I all the time will! Go Heels!”