Lions Closing In On Interview With Perceived Favorite Ken Whisenhunt
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By Ashley Dunkak
DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – As the San Diego Chargers prepare for the second round of the playoffs, their offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will be preparing for at least one job interview.
After losing six of their last seven games, finishing 7-9 and firing head coach Jim Schwarz, the Lions have been hunting for a replacement since the day after the regular season concluded. Reports have Detroit interviewing Whisenhunt as soon as Thursday, according to ESPN, or as late as Saturday, as Jason La Canfora reports.
Since quarterback Matthew Stafford’s production has declined the past two seasons, it is widely believed the Lions want a coach who can either work with Stafford or bring in a coordinator who has that capability. Whisenhunt, who has worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner and Philip Rivers, fits that description perhaps best of anyone available.
Stafford reportedly met with another candidate, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, when the Lions conducted that interview. Detroitlions.com writer Mike O’Hara said Stafford did not meet with another possible candidate, former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak, when Munchak interviewed with the Lions Wednesday.