Lions Complete Interview With 49ers DC Robert Saleh


The Detroit Lions announced Thursday that they’ve wrapped up their interview with 49ers DC Robert Saleh for their head-coaching vacancy. 

Here’s the list of candidates for the Lions as of now:

  • Lions interim HC Darrell Bevell (Interviewed)
  • Former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis (Interviewed)
  • Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy (Requested)
  • Saints assistant HC/TEs coach Dan Campbell (Requested)
  • Titans OC Arthur Smith (Requested)
  • 49ers DC Robert Saleh (Interviewed)

Saleh, 41, began his NFL coaching career with the Texans in 2005 as a defensive intern. He eventually worked his way up to assistant linebackers coach before he took over as the Seahawks defensive quality control coach in 2011.

The Jaguars later hired Saleh as their linebackers coach where he remained for three seasons. The 49ers hired him as their defensive coordinator in 2017. 

In 2020, the 49ers’ defense ranked No. 5 in fewest yards allowed, No. 17 in fewest points allowed, No. 7 fewest rushing yards allowed and No. 4 in fewest passing yards allowed.

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