Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the Lions have requested an interview with Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles for their head-coaching vacancy.
According to Garafolo, the two parties have yet to schedule an interview and will wait until after today’s game before doing so.
Here’s the updated list of candidates for the Lions’ job:
- 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)
- Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles (Requested)
Bowles has also drawn interest from the Falcons.
Bowles, 57, began his NFL coaching career with the Packers back in 1995 as a player personnel staff member before working for a number of teams including the Jets, Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles and Cardinals.
The Jets hired Bowles as their head coach for the 2015 season and signed him to an extension last through 2020 last year. However, he was fired following the 2018 season.
From there, the Buccaneers hired him as their defensive coordinator in 2019.
During his four years as Jets’ head coach, Bowles led the team to a record of 24-40 (37.4 percent) and no playoff appearances.
In 2020, Bowles’ defense was No. 6 in fewest yards allowed, No. 8 in fewest points allowed, No. 1 in fewest rushing yards allowed and No. 21 in fewest passing yards allowed.