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Lions Head Coach Rumors

Here’s a running list of rumors related to the Lions head coaching search.

  • Tim Twentymen of DetroitLions.com writes that the talk of Ken Whisenhunt being the favorite for the Lions job was just “media speculation.” (Update: 8:46 pm)
    • According to Twentymen, Jim Caldwelllooks to be the top choice right now. ” (Update: 8:46 pm)
  • Adam Caplan mentions that former Ohio State HC Jim Tressel could join Jim Caldwell’s offensive staff should he get the Lions head coaching job. (Update: 7:00 pm)
  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Lions were impressed with how Jim Caldwell worked with QB Matthew Stafford. (Update: 5:52  pm)
    • Rapoport adds that sources believe Jim Caldwell has the edge. (Update: 5:52 pm)
  • Chris Mortensen reports that Ravens OC Jim Caldwell has emerged as a favorite for the Lions job with Mike Munchak still an option. (Update: 5:23 pm)
    • Ian Rapoport adds that the Lions may turn to Mike Munchak as their new head coach after he had an “outstanding” interview with the team a few days ago. (Update: 5:23 pm)
    • Former Colts HC Tony Dungy has been offering his support for Jim Caldwell to get the Lions job,via ESPN.com. (Update: 5:23 pm)
    • Adam Schefter adds that former Texans HC Gary Kubiak is still an option for the Lions as well. (Update: 5:23 pm)
  • The Lions lost out on Ken Whisenhunt as ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported that he agreed to become the next head coach of the Titans. (Update: 5:23 pm)
    • Ian Rapoport reports that the Lions owner sent a private plane to pick Whisenhunt up in San Diego, but Whisenhunt never got on the plane. (Update: 5:23 pm)
  • Ian Rapoport is hearing that Mike Munchak’s interview with the Lions was “outstanding.”
  • Mike Silver tweets: “Keep an eye on the Lions & Ken Whisenhunt today or tomorrow…
    • According to Silver, Whisenhunt has already had conversations with some Chargers assistants about joining his coaching staff if he gets lands a head coaching job.
  • Jason La Canfora reports that Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt has no interviews scheduled today, but he remains the “clear favorite” for the Lions job.
  • Chris McCosky is “hearing” that Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt could already be in Detroit meeting with the Lions Monday regarding their head coaching job.
  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Titans and Ken Whisenhunt have mutual interest as he’s a former Vanderbilt coach.
    • Rapoport adds that Whisenhunt is comfortable with the team’s front office and the city of Nashville.
    • McCosky mentions that the Whisenhunt’s reported interest in the Titans job “smells of leverage plays by agents.
    • McCosky believes Whisenhunt is still the Lions’ to lose.

We’ll have continuous updates post here as the news is available, so be sure to check back.

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Sunday

  • Jason La Canfora notes that the Chargers losing to the Broncos will allow OC Ken Whisenhunt to interview for head coaching jobs.
    • According to La Canfora, Whisenhunt landing in Detroit is a “very, very strong probability.”
  • Chris Mortensen reports that Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt remains the “odds-on favorite” for the Lions head coaching job.
  • However, former Titans HC Mike Munchaksurprised” the Lions with strong interview and Mortensen adds that he shouldn’t be ignored as a possibility.

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Friday

  • Ian Rapoport reports that indications continue to point to Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt being the favorite to land the Lions coaching job.
    • Rapoport adds that a deal between Whisenhunt and Detroit could come together fairly quickly depending on what happens with the Chargers on Sunday.
    • Whisenhunt has already interviewed with the Browns, Lions and Titans this week.

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Thursday

  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is scheduled to interview with the Lions Thursday.

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Wednesday

  • Tim Twentyman reports that the Lions interviewed former Titans HC Mike Munchak for their head-coaching vacancy Wednesday.
    • Twentyman adds that Detroit is expected to talk to San Diego OC Ken Whisenhunt later in the week.

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Tuesday:

  • Jennifer Hammond reports that Gary Kubiak interviewed for the Lions head-coaching job on Tuesday. (Update: 5:19 pm)
  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press mentions that former Texans HC Gary Kubiak is “one other name to watch” with regards to the Lions job.
  • Ed Werder reports that the Lions will interview former Titans HC Mike Munchak for their head-coaching vacancy Friday.

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Monday

  • Ian Rapoport expects Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt to interview at some point this week. (Update: 3:04 pm)
  • Bengals OC Jay Gruden mentioned that he is not sure about interviewing with the Lions regarding their head-coaching vacancy, per Dave Birkett. He expects to meet with the Vikings, Titans and Redskins.
  • Adam Schefter reports that the Lions also have Bengals OC Jay Gruden on their head-coaching “wish list.”
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Lions’ head-coaching job is considered Ken Whisenhunt’sto lose.”

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Saturday:

  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Lions continue to have “strong interest” in Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt. (Update: 2:25 pm)
    • Rapoport adds that it would not be surprising to see OL coach Russ Grimm join him in Detroit. (Update: 2:25 pm)
  • 49ers OC Greg Roman is reportedly interested in the Lions job as well, according to Ian Rapoport. (Update: 2:25 pm)
  • Pete Thamel reports that the Lions also have interest in Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops, who is reportedly at the top of the Browns coaching candidates list.

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Friday

  • Mike Garafolo reports that Bengals DC Mike Zimmer is generating interest from Lions among other teams and could interview for the job next week. (Update: 5:41 pm)
    • Garafolo adds that Zimmer was “off-limits” this week while the Bengals prepare for the Wildcard playoff game.
  • Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com mentions that Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is the likely favorite for the Lions job.

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Thursday

  • Adam Schefter reports that the Lions will interview Ravens OC Jim Caldwell on Friday. (Update: 2:14 pm)
  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Lions have been making calls to references for Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt.
    • Rapoport characterizes the Lions interest in Ken Whisenhunt as being “very strong.”

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Wednesday

  • Jason La Canfora expects the Lions to target an “offensive-minded coach” and adds that Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is “well positioned” to get the job. (Update: 8:24 pm)
  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Lions are “pushing very hard” for an interview with Lovie Smith. (Update: 5:01 pm)
    • Rapoport adds that there is a good chance that the two sides will get something set up soon.
  • Jason La Canfora mentions that the Lions and Buccaneers are “most likely” to hire Lovie Smith.
    • La Canfora adds that Vikings HC Leslie Frazier could join Smith as his defensive coordinator with either team.

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Tuesday

  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Lovie Smith is expected to interview for the Lions head coaching job at some point.
  • Jason La Canfora reports that Seahawks assistant HC Tom Cablewas never a candidate” for the Lions. (Update: 9:43 pm)
  • Mark Maske reports that the Lions are “thought to have” interest in Ravens OC Jim Caldwell. (Update: 6:48 pm)
    • Adam Schefter reports that the Lions are scheduling an interview with Ravens OC Jim Caldwell. (Update: 9:33 pm)
  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press is “hearing” that the Lions have interest in Seahawks assistant HC Tom Cable. (Update: 2:55 pm)
    • Ian Rapoport reports that the Lions have yet to make an official request to interview Cable. (Update: 3:28 pm)
    • Rapoport adds that the Seahawks view Cable as “their most valuable assistants, if not most valuable.”
  • Jason La Canfora expects the Lions to jump all over the opportunity to sign Bill O’Brien as their next head coach if he doesn’t take the Texans job.

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Monday

  • Ian Rapoport adds that GM Martin Mayhew is believed to be “heavily involved” in the next coaching search.
  • Penn State HC Bill O’Brien has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Lions job for weeks now.
  • 49ers OC Greg Roman, Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt, Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, Broncos OC Adam Gase and Bengals OC Jay Gruden could also be options as well.

 

  • Masta P

    Ken Whisenhunt would be the best choice, he is a great Offensive minded coach, look what he did with the Steelers and what he has done with Rivers in San Diego. He could make them a scoring machine.

  • Rick Flynn

    Bill O’Brien… Hands Down!!

    • Rick Flynn

      Too bad the Texans are going to scoop him up first… 🙁

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