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Lions’ Coaching Search Hit A Week With Some Clues

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SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 08: Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt of the San Diego Chargers during warm up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium on August 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 08: Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt of the San Diego Chargers during warm up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium on August 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have been officially looking for a coach for a week.

The candidates to replace Jim Schwartz include: San Diego Chargers offensive Ken Whisenhunt, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

A person with knowledge of the process tells The Associated Press that the Lions asked for permission to interview Gruden. The person — who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t made information about the search public — says Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington also asked to speak with Gruden.

The Lions interviewed Caldwell last week and have expressed in Whisenhunt to replace Schwartz, who was 29-51 in five years.

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AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this report.

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