The Lions also were interested in Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles, an assistant Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells thinks very highly of.
Then again, the Dolphins still could lose two top aides. Bowles has interviewed for the still-vacant St. Louis Rams job, and a report is linking defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni to the Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL Network's Adam Schefter, citing unnamed league sources, reports Pasqualoni is a "person of interest" if new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli decides to replace Herman Edwards.
Pioli has a couple of ties to Pasqualoni. Pioli was a graduate assistant at Syracuse when Pasqualoni was an assistant coach there on Dick McPeherson's staff.
Pasqualoni succeeded McPherson as Syracuse head coach, but after the university fired Pasqualoni in 2005, Parcells hired him to be the Dallas Cowboys' linebackers coach. Parcells is Pioli's father-in-law.
Pasqualoni and Bowles were brought to the Dolphins in the great Dallas-to-Miami migration of aught-eight.
Pasqualoni is credited for unlocking outside linebacker Joey Porter, who went from 5.5 sacks last year to 17.5 sacks, and turning around a defense that improved from 30th to ninth in points allowed.
If Pasqualoni leaves the Dolphins, then Bowles likely would be their next defensive coordinator -- unless the Rams snap him up, as well.