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Black and Blue all over: Lions catchup

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Let's get caught up on the Detroit Lions' coaching search, which will continue into the weekend.

The Lions are scheduled to interview Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz on Saturday in Nashville, according to John Niyo of the Detroit News. Schwartz will be the second confirmed interview; the Lions met with New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has withdrawn from consideration, according to the National Football Post. And the Lions have added Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey to their list of candidates.

Other candidates under consideration include Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Washington secondary coach Jerry Gray and Miami assistant head coach Todd Bowles.

Interviews with assistants whose teams play this weekend -- including Ryan and Frazier -- could occur as soon as Monday.

Continuing a weekend tour around the NFC North:

  • Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times suggests the Bears could hire former Lions coach Rod Marinelli as a defensive assistant while retaining defensive coordinator Bob Babich.

  • David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune disagrees with fans who want the Bears to fire coach Lovie Smith.

  • There is no indication if Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy has made a decision on the future of defensive coordinator Bob Sanders, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • We're expecting Minnesota to sell out Sunday's wild-card playoff game against Philadelphia. But if there is a blackout, Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune has tracked down the preliminary programming schedule on the Twin Cities' local FOX affiliate. Law & Order, anyone?

  • No surprise that the Vikings will not have defensive end Ray Edwards (knee) for Sunday's game. The big question is whether nose tackle Pat Williams can play, writes Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Early indications are that he will try to suit up.