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Lions coaching search: Jim Caldwell's interview scheduled for Friday

The Detroit Lions' first interview of their coaching search will reportedly be with Jim Caldwell on Friday.

Rob Carr

It appears that the Detroit Lions have scheduled the first interview of their coaching search. According to Adam Schefter, the Lions are scheduled to interview Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell on Friday for their vacant head coaching job.

Caldwell's name first popped up as a candidate for the Lions' job on New Year's Eve. Shortly after, it was reported that he was planning to interview with the Lions, and now his interview is set. This is an indication that Caldwell is one of the Lions' top candidates for the job considering he is getting interview No. 1. (Of course, it helps that his team didn't make the playoffs, so he's actually available to interview right now.)

The Lions aren't the only team reportedly interested in Caldwell. Also according to Schefter, Caldwell actually interviewed with the Washington Redskins for their head coaching job on Wednesday. There's also been some talk that Caldwell could potentially be a candidate to replace Bill O'Brien at Penn State since he was once an assistant coach with the Nittany Lions.

In addition to Caldwell, look for the Lions to set up an interview with San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. They reportedly have "very strong" interest in Whisenhunt, but they have to wait until next week to actually speak with him.