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Could Lions lose Schwartz to Kansas City?

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Kansas City is set to hire Scott Pioli as its next general manager, reports Michael Smith of ESPN. Could that move affect Detroit's coaching search? It's very possible.

Pioli and Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz were both low-level scouts in Cleveland during the early 1990s under then-Browns coach Bill Belichick. As a result, there are some people who have long considered Schwartz a likely candidate to be Pioli's first head coach if and when Pioli left the New England Patriots to join another team.

The Lions are the only team to have interviewed Schwartz this offseason, but that could change in the coming days as Pioli's move to the Chiefs becomes official. New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo could also be a short-list finalist and might be the favorite. If nothing else, however, the Lions just got some significant competition for the man who might be their top choice to replace the fired Rod Marinelli.

Meanwhile, the Lions interviewed Miami assistant coach/defensive backs coach Todd Bowles for a second time Tuesday and were also scheduled to visit with San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera for a first interview. Bowles and Schwartz are the only known candidates to get second interviews.