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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Frazier and the Lions

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier appears very much in the running for the St. Louis Rams' head coaching job. The Detroit Lions'? Not so much -- meaning it's possible the Lions are wrapping up their 18-day search for a new head coach.

Frazier spoke Wednesday with Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune and said he had no second interview scheduled with the Lions, as had been previously reported. Considering the Lions have already conducted at least two second interviews, it's reasonable to assume he is not on the team's short list.

The Lions have brought Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Miami assistant head coach/defensive backs Todd Bowles back to Detroit to meet with owner William Clay Ford. And according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Lions gave Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera a first interview Wednesday in Houston, site of the East-West Shrine game.

If the Lions have more interviews scheduled, no one has reported them. Anything could change at any time, but it's possible the Lions will choose between Schwartz and Bowles in the coming days. (Rivera would have to be brought back to Detroit if he becomes a finalist.) As John Niyo of the Detroit News points out, every passing day will make it more difficult for the Lions' next coach -- whomever he is -- to assemble a desirable coaching staff.

The clock is ticking.

With that bit of drama, let's continue an early-morning sweep around the division: