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Lions notes: Jahvid Best lands coaching job at Cal

Lions notes looks at Jahvid Best's new coaching gig, the latest on Brian Xanders and much more.

Leon Halip
  • Jahvid Best's playing career may be over, but his football career has not come to an end. That's because he has entered the coaching world by joining the staff at Cal as a student assistant. He is going to complete his degree while he coaches, so best of luck to Best in the classroom and as a coach.

  • Jason La Canfora reports that Detroit Lions senior personnel executive Brian Xanders had an "impressive" interview with the Miami Dolphins for their general manager job. It's unknown when the Dolphins will actually move forward with their general manager search, though, as owner Stephen Ross apparently recently left the country.

  • Adam Schefter reports that the Lions spoke with former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey about him potentially joining their coaching staff before he accepted a job as a position coach with the Tennessee Titans.

  • A whole lot of underclassmen declared for the 2014 NFL Draft. You can see the full list here.

  • Congratulations to Lions beat writer Dave Birkett for being named Michigan’s 2013 sports writer of the year. Also, congratulations to Lions radio announcer Dan Miller for being named Michigan's 2013 sportscaster of the year.

  • According to Ian Rapoport, Ken Whisenhunt picked the Titans over the Lions in part because the "Detroit role came with built-in pressure to rattle off double-digit-win seasons and make the playoffs immediately." Apparently Whisenhunt liked the idea of the Titans providing less pressure and more patience. To that, I say if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

  • Norv Turner has been hired by the Minnesota Vikings as their offensive coordinator.