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Report: Detroit Lions Will Interview Former Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak Friday

January 7th, 2014 at 10:26 AM
By Max DeMara

Even though the Detroit Lions just fired their former head coach Jim Schwartz, they apparently could be looking towards one of his old partners in coaching with the Tennessee Titans to replace him.

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Mike Munchak, who was just fired by the Titans himself after failing to reach the playoffs and reportedly being unwilling to shake up his staff in order to stay in Nashville, will interview for the Lions' job on Friday according to ESPN's Ed Werder. Werder goes on to say that Chargers' offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is still the front runner in Detroit and Munchak, a Penn State graduate who played under Joe Paterno, appears to be a finalist for the vacant Nittany Lions job, which he interviewed for on Sunday.

Munchak will bring his offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains with him to Detroit for the interview according to Werder. As Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press notes, Loggains was apparently one of the assistants in question who Munchak recently refused to fire, making his inclusion in Munchak's Lions' interview process very interesting to say the least. 

Through three seasons in Tennessee, Munchak has a pedestrian 22-26 record with no playoff experience, but his value as a teacher with regards to the offensive line and offensive concepts could come in handy with the Lions, who are clearly searching for an offensive-minded coach. Munchak has also been a head coach, meaning there would be no adjustment period for that.

The Lions probably didn't expect Munchak to be available considering it looked as if he was going to survive the initial black Monday purge. During his career with the Titans, Munchak has never really had a team with Detroit's ability and experience, as he coached some of the younger teams in franchise history in Tennessee and did reasonably well despite never making the playoffs.

In addition to Munchak, expect the Lions to interview Whisenhunt and perhaps Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator Jay Gruden during this week.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Jay Gruden, Jim Schwartz, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Munchak, NFL

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