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1/07/2009

Lions coaching guide

The Lions are 10 days into their coaching search. Who's interviewed and who's on the list? Here's what I know, either from my own sources or various reports around the league:

Coach              Current Position        Interview
Steve Spagnuolo Giants DC                 Jan. 1
Jerry Gray          Redskins DBs            Jan. 2
Jim Schwartz      Titans DC                  Jan. 3
Jason Garrett      Cowboys OC              Jan. 5
Todd Bowles       Dolphins Ast HC/DBs  Today*
Leslie Frazier      Vikings DC                 Jan. 9*

Other reported candidates with unknown interview dates: Mike Mularkey, Falcons OC; Ron Rivera, Chargers DC; Rex Ryan, Ravens DC

* Interview is scheduled but not yet completed

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

so garrett interviewed and then pulled out of the search? interesting....should that raise some red flags, dave?

11:16 AM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

There were reports late last week that he pulled his name from consideration for the Lions job, then reports last night that he actually interviewed on Monday. Using that timeline, I'd say there's no red flags and simply the first report turned out to be incorrect.

I'll say also I have not independently confirmed Garrett's interview, though I know Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand were unreachable Monday by certain NFL people because they were attending to other business matters, presumably an interview.

Red flags or not, I consider Garrett a longshot for the job. I think the Lions will end up hiring someone with a defensive background, and that's not all bad considering five of the eight teams left in the playoffs had top-seven NFL defenses this year.

11:46 AM 

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