January 5th, 2014 at 2:28 PM ^

The CBS story has an interesting tidbit, although it does quote "sources close to Whisenhunt", so take the below quote for what it may be worth. It sounds very promising all the same and this would be a pretty good fit for the Lions, I think.

All things being equal, the Lions are interested in offensive-minded coaches, with getting quarterback Matt Stafford sorted out a primary concern there, and, according to sources close to Whisenhunt, he views the Lions opening as being the best opportunity available and a place where a new coach could win immediately.

Supposedly, Whisenhunt already has a developed notion of what sort of staff he might have, if the article is accurate. For defensive coordinator, apparently he would go for names like Teryl Austin, Keith Butler or Clancy Pendergast. 


January 5th, 2014 at 3:55 PM ^

Sorry had to. He's been the lead dog the whole time from what I've seen and heard. That's why the Lions have only interviewed or talked about Caldwell to this point

Btw, Jon Gruden would be awesome if they could get him!


January 5th, 2014 at 3:13 PM ^

Whisenhunt has the reputation of taking talented QBs who are struggling a bit and maxing out their potential.  IMO the idea of a "big time discipilnarian coach", while always popular with the fans, almost never works out.  Take the guy with the gameplan chops, not the guy who talks tough and promises no penalties IMO.


January 5th, 2014 at 3:29 PM ^

Tom Cable is my pick. He went 6-0 in that division and with Russell and McFadden. People dont truly appreciate what an accomplishment that was in Oakland...and Al fires him

Mr. Yost

January 5th, 2014 at 4:11 PM ^

...not sure if you're going to get anyone better.

That said, who should the Lions draft?

At first glance, I'll take a shot...

1st round: Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan (many will roll their eyes at the homerism, but I think it's a situation of best player available)

2nd round: Jordan Matthews - WR Vanderbilt / Bradley Roby - CB - OSU 

3rd round: LaMarcus Joyner - CB - FSU / Devante Parker - WR - Louisville

4th round: Chris Borland - ILB - Wisconsin

6th round: Ishaq Williams - OLB/WDE - Notre Dame

7th round: Gabe Ikard - C- Oklahoma

7th round: Venric Mark - RB/WR - Northwestern


January 5th, 2014 at 4:33 PM ^

The only OL position they need is C to replace Raiola.

What they need is a second receiver, maybe another TE if Petitgrew does not re-sign,  a safety, a pass rushing end, an OLB, and corner. Outside of WR everything else is not in order of need.  The pass rush and secondary play does have to be improved for this defense to be the type to win championships.

Mr. Yost

January 5th, 2014 at 8:24 PM ^

I tried.

And the Lions could definitely use OL help. They're not deep at ALL. Reiff can play RT and Lewan LT.

He would be the best player available according to ESPN and, the resources I was using.

Oh well! It's January, plenty of time to get better.


January 5th, 2014 at 5:27 PM ^

I think Whizencunt is a pretty good choice. Been to a Super Bowl, offensive minded guy and good with QB's. Might be able to straighten Stafford out and lead this team to a division title and home playoff win.


January 5th, 2014 at 7:22 PM ^

You have a Ferrari and all you need is a experienced driver to handle that said car. Instead they are looking at bus drivers who can't handle the speed!!!

Lions need a established head coach w discipline to take them to the next level.

Go Blue in MN

January 5th, 2014 at 9:23 PM ^

Whisenhunt was very well regarded during his time as OC of my beloved Steelers in 2004-06.  Most Steelers fans wanted him to get the HC job when Cowher resigned/retired.  Although Big Ben did not play well in Super Bowl XL in Detroit, it is an accomplishment for an OC to have helped lead a team to a Super Bowl Championship with a 2nd year QB.  Whiz seemed to do a good job in Arizona before running out of gas.  IMO he's an outstanding OC; not sure about HC.  He may be able to help Stafford put it together?


January 6th, 2014 at 12:37 PM ^

Whisenhunt should be a no brainer for the Lions "if" he chooses them. The guy is a very good coach who has been to the Super Bowl with multiple franchises and is well liked around the league, which only helps with bringing in good cords as well as FA's.