While the Detroit Lions general manager search is moving along nicely, all has been quiet on their search for the new head coach. That is, until now. According to NFL Network, the Lions interviewed for Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis on Thursday. Lewis is the first-known candidate to interview for the job thus far.
Lewis has been out of the NFL since 2018, when he was fired from Cincinnati after a 16-year run as their head coach. Over that time, he built up a 131-122-3 record, won the division four times, but never won a single playoff game in seven chances.
Since then, Lewis has been with Arizona State University, first serving as a special advisor in 2019 before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator this year.
Lewis is a well-respected mind, a player’s coach, and comes with nearly four decades of coaching experience. However, I have to imagine the thing that will stick out most for Lions fans is his failure to win a playoff game—something this franchise hasn’t done themselves since 1991.
Don’t worry, though. Per NFL Network, the Lions also plan to cast a wide net with their coaching search:
49ers DC Robert Saleh, a Dearborn native, is considered a strong candidate for the head coaching job. But the Lions are expected to run a wide search for that position, too, putting in as many as 10 interview slips for head coaching candidates for that job, with Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell and Titans OC Arthur Smith among the potential targets.
Get ready. Things are about to get very exciting.