With several teams in the hunt for a new head coach, analysts are offering some insight on how each candidate might fit with each team.
If you haven’t seen it yet, ESPN released this awesome (maybe I’m easily impressed) interactive article where you can scroll and see how 10 head coaching candidates match up with the three teams that need one right now. That would be the Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Houston Texans.
I won’t give away all of the grades, but as a bit of teaser — the grade for Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s match with Detroit....... A stellar D-.
The article details why the job might be appealing for each coach. In Bieniemy’s case: “The Lions have a quarterback, though Matthew Stafford’s long-term future is in question. Ownership has shown to be patient in giving a staff time to see through their vision for the franchise, however new owner Sheila Ford Hamp is an unknown. If someone ever created a consistent winner in Detroit, though, they’d become a legend,” writes our very own ESPN beat writer Michael Rothstein.
It also details why the job might not be appealing. Click here to read that section, as well as see how ESPN graded other head coaching candidates’ fit in Detroit.
And onto the rest of your notes.
- An interesting piece from Sports Illustrated’s Texans Daily comparing the Texans head coaching job to the Lions’. The line under the headline cracked me up: “Would Anybody Pick Detroit Over Houston?” Bruh.
- The Lions are still giving away some neat gear in the name of fan appreciation over on Twitter.
We’re taking our annual fan appreciation event virtual this year❗️— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 27, 2020
For the next 10 days, we’ll be giving away autographed #Lions gear on Twitter. Check back each day for a new chance to win‼️ pic.twitter.com/e5SbZhKYCj
- Carlos Monarrez for the Detroit Free Press offers a perspective on what Mike Ford should learn from his taunting penalty when the Lions were down by more than 30 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday.
- The future is uncertain for linebacker Jarrad Davis with just one game left on his rookie contract. Mlive’s Benjamin Raven has more.
- At least two Lions are excited about the possibility of having Bieniemy as head coach. More from Justin Rogers at the Detroit News.
- And if you truly can’t get enough Bieniemy, Jarrett Bell for USA Today penned a substantial piece on where he could land as head coach.