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The wait continues.
San Diego's win over Cincinnati in the wild card playoffs on Sunday afternoon means if the Detroit Lions want to eventually hire Ken Whisenhunt as the team's next coach, there will be a bit of a wait.
It is expected the Lions will formally request to interview Whisenhunt this week, but per NFL rules, Detroit will be unable to hire him until San Diego's season concludes. The Chargers head to Denver on Sunday afternoon for the divisional round of the playoffs.
So if Detroit's search extends past this week, it could mean that Whisenhunt is indeed the Lions' top target, as colleague Adam Schefter reported Sunday.
This week should also bring some other interviews for Detroit, potentially with Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who would be in the same situation as Whisenhunt.
Only one public candidate has surfaced thus far, Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who interviewed with the team, the ownership and quarterback Matthew Stafford on Friday.
And now, a look across the snowy Interwebs in search of Lions news:
Reports indicate Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is going to turn pro. He could be a target for the Lions at No. 10.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press gives out grades for this season. Compare them to the ESPN.com grades from last week. Birkett also profiles Whisenhunt as a quarterback builder by going out to San Diego.
After a breakout season, Joique Bell hopes to stay with the Lions, writes Josh Katzenstein in the Detroit News.
Brian Billick tells Justin Rogers of MLive that Matthew Stafford will be fine when he cleans up the turnovers.