Morning Roar: Names to watch

January, 2, 2014
Good morning and ROOOOAARRR!!!!

This weekend will be a big one for the Detroit Lions and the team isn't even playing. Why, you ask?

The reason is simple. A lot of potential head-coaching candidates -- men the Lions are likely waiting to chat with next week -- are all coaching this weekend. So here's a quick primer on whom to pay attention to:

Cincinnati: Almost all of the coaches, really, but specifically offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and assistant coach Hue Jackson.

San Diego: Possibly the favorite in this entire search -- offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

San Francisco: Greg Roman's name has been thrown around often the past few years, but the 49ers' offensive coordinator could finally get a look as a head coach.

It'll be interesting to see after this weekend which of these coaches really start to get some more attention.

And now, searching the Interwebs for news about the Lions.

Lovie Smith, hired by Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, would have been a good fit in Detroit. It also made one of my (likely to be wrong) predictions for 2014 already incorrect. And 10 moments that stood out from 2013.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that Lions players believe Jim Schwartz will be a head coach again somewhere.

Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated names four Lions to his All-Pro team, including two offensive linemen.

MLive's Justin Rogers takes a look at Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.


Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter



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