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After Losing Ken Whisenhunt, Detroit Lions Reportedly Turn Focus to Jim Caldwell, Others

January 13th, 2014 at 10:24 PM
By Max DeMara

After appearing set to move forward with Ken Whisenhunt, the Tennessee Titans pulled the upset Monday night, inking the San Diego Chargers' offensive coordinator to a deal to become the team's next coach. After being left at the altar, the Lions are reportedly returning to their first interviewee.

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According to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, the Lions are focusing on Jim Caldwell, offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, perhaps angling for him to be their next coach. Reportedly, Tony Dungy reached out to Lions' owner Bill Ford Jr. to reaffirm his belief in Caldwell for the Detroit job. According to Dungy, several Indianapolis Colts players, including former quarterback Peyton Manning, have also vouched for Caldwell.

The Lions also maintain interest in former Titans coach Mike Munchak, who sources have said impressed the Lions with vision and leadership. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported on Twitter that Detroit will bring two or three finalists back to meet with William Clay Ford Sr. with Caldwell remaining the leader. Detroit also interviewed Gary Kubiak, but nothing has been reported about Kubiak's candidacy, which could mean he's a dark horse or not a finalist.

Even though the Lions reportedly like Caldwell the best, they also might be interested in talking with Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that Quinn might be on Detroit's radar, even though the team hasn't yet interviewed him. Mysteriously, that tidbit was passed on moments before it was announced Whisenhunt was headed to Tennessee.

Given the fact that many sources reported that Whisenhunt was Detroit's top choice and a deal between the two sides was all but imminent, everything is off the board now as it regards to speculation about who might be the Lions next boss. Though Caldwell is the reported favorite, the unexpected should still be expected, as Monday night's rollercoaster ride proved.

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

Tags: Dan Quinn, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Jim Caldwell, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Munchak, NFL

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