Good Morning and ROOOARRR!!!!!
The San Diego Chargers lost, so the hiring season for the Detroit Lions is officially on. Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, thought to be the lead candidate for the Lions, can now be hired according to NFL rules and regulations.
Now, it is up to Detroit and to Whisenhunt, who also has interest from Tennessee and Cleveland, to fully decide if it is a match. If they do, the rest of the Lions coaching search could wrap up very quickly.
Whisenhunt is one of four candidates to interview with the Lions. Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell interviewed on Jan. 3, former Houston coach Gary Kubiak interviewed Tuesday, former Tennessee coach Mike Munchak interviewed Wednesday and Whisenhunt Thursday.
All except Whisenhunt interviewed in Michigan. Whisenhunt had to interview in San Diego because he was still coaching in the playoffs.
When the Lions fired Jim Schwartz on Dec. 30, team president Tom Lewand said there would be a thorough search for the Lions' next coach. At least publicly, that thoroughness was limited to former head coaches (at some level) who had offensive experience. The best defensive candidate, Lovie Smith, went to Tampa Bay soon after Detroit announced its opening.
Jim Wyatt from the Tennessean reports the Titans are quite interested in Whisenhunt as well.
With the coaching search about to get very interesting very fast -- perhaps as soon as today -- here's a look around the interwebs in search of Lions news.
A look at the Lions' losing tradition and a peek at the history whoever Detroit hires as a coach will have to combat.
Jeremy Ross proved he can play in the NFL this season, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Whisenhunt's play calls were not always popular this season, writes Carlos Monarrez in the Free Press.
The Lions have to draft a wide receiver -- a good one -- writes Chris McCosky in the Detroit News.