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Thursday Notes: Lions Look at Linehan, Chudzinski for OC Job

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  • Former Broncos wide receivers coach Jedd Fisch was hired by the University of Minnesota as their offensive coordinator.  The Lions interviewed Fisch on Monday, but he opted to go take a college job just like former Broncos quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates.  The Lions were also interested in him, but he decided to take a job with USC.
  • According to Adam Schefter, the Lions are now expected to interview former Rams head coach Scott Linehan and former Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.  If Brian Schottenheimer decides to leave the Jets, the Lions will likely try to set up an interview with him as well.
  • The Lions sent out an updated press release yesterday afternoon saying that Gunther Cunningham was hired to be the defensive coordinator and an assistant head coach.
  • Dave Birkett posted some worthwhile quotes from Gunther Cunningham's teleconference on Wednesday, and the quote that stuck out the most to me was this:
    "I've gone through three years of playing zone defenses because I was loyal to Herm Edwards, that's what he wanted. People here in town knew that I was different than that. My idea is to put a lot of pressure on the quarterback, always has been, always will be."
    I'm hoping the fact that Cunningham and Edwards weren't on the same page is why the Chiefs' defense struggled the last few years.  Hopefully Cunningham and Jim Schwartz are already on the same page in order to make sure there are no conflicts with regards to the scheme.
  • One of the reasons Schwartz hired Cunningham is because of his intensity and aggressive attitude.
  • One-time Chiefs and Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon thinks highly of Cunningham.
  • NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock isn't sure there is a top-10 quarterback in the draft this year.  I definitely don't think any QB is worth the #1 pick this year, and I don't disagree with Mayock saying none of them are top-10 caliber, either.
  • Rod Marinelli apologized to something called the Association for Women in Sports Media for saying "goodbye, ladies" to Detroit reporters earlier this week.  Apparently this association "expressed concern" over the comment, which is just flat out ridiculous.  I'm not going to get into a debate about political correctness, but pick your freaking battles.  If they are actually offended by Marinelli calling a group of reporters "ladies," then they have some sensitivity issues they need to worry about, not what coach said to a few reporters.