I was listening to Evan & Phillips on MadDog radio this morning and they spent quite a bit of time discussing the Lions coaching situation. Notwithstanding their claim that the people happiest with the Caldwell hire were Packers, Bears & Viking fans I found the reasons they gave on why Whisenhunt turned down the Lions interesting.
According to them, they have heard from two independent sources that Whisenhunt did not join the Lions for two reasons:
1. The Titans offered him 1MM more per year
2. The Lions had Stafford sit in on the interview which made him VERY uncomfortable
I don't know which one is worse (if true). That the Lions low-balled their #1 choice and didn't leave the door open for further negotiation or that they decided to let a player have a say in the selection of the coach. I'm sure behind the scenes that input goes on everywhere but to be brazen enough to have the QB sit in on the interview (allegedly) would send a very powerful message to the HC candidate on who is working at the pleasure of who. And Whisenhunt (allegedly) was not comfortable at all with a structure that had him, in essence, reporting to one of his players.