All week, there's been confusion over the possibility of Jay Gruden getting an interview with the Detroit Lions. The Lions reportedly requested permission to interview Gruden, but they weren't originally on his interview schedule. On Wednesday, however, it was reported that Gruden was set to interview with the Lions on Friday, indicating that the two sides did indeed plan to talk.
We now know for sure that Gruden will not interview with the Lions, as he's been hired as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins. The two sides came to an agreement on Thursday morning, taking Gruden off the market and filling the Redskins' head coaching vacancy in the process.
With Gruden off to the Redskins, the Cincinnati Bengals have reportedly decided to promote Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator. There was some thought at one time that Jackson could be a head coaching candidate this year, but instead he's set to take over the offensive coordinator role in Cincinnati. Given the Bengals' offensive struggles in the playoffs the last few years, that seems like an upgrade for Cincinnati.
For the Lions, this news means that their interview with Ken Whisenhunt on Thursday is the final one they have scheduled. They could always decide to speak with additional candidates, but no interviews are on the horizon beyond the Whisenhunt one.