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Despite a report from Tom Kowalski of that the Chiefs had refused to give the Lions permission to interview defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, permission apparently has been given.
Because Cunningham has been hired.
The Lions announced the move on Wednesday.
As we understand it, permission indeed was refused (making Kowalski’s report accurate . . . meaning that contrary to the beliefs of some we’re not ripping him), but the Chiefs have since relented.  It could mean that Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards soon will be released from the final year of his contract.

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15 Responses to “LIONS HIRE GUNTHER”
  1. Crocks says: Jan 21, 2009 9:16 AM

    If your a Chiefs fan you have to say good riddance at this point. His defenses were awful regardless of the talent.

  2. Hollywood Wags says: Jan 21, 2009 9:19 AM

    Oh boy, here we go.
    More clowns on the Lions…they never freaking learn.

  3. sleepy042 says: Jan 21, 2009 9:26 AM

    This isn’t an unexpected move. Edwards has/had a weekly spot on sirius nfl radio and after the Cincy game he admitted he was going to release a good chunk of his defensive staff. cunningham isn’t edwards ideal choice for a DC but he relented when he came on board because the players lobbied for him. cunningham caught a lot of flack in the local media for putting dorsey straight up on the center or guard instead of having him play in one of the gaps.

  4. Rossy P says: Jan 21, 2009 9:32 AM

    Gunther Cunningham is making a very big mistake going to this organization. He’ll soon find out.

  5. soundmind says: Jan 21, 2009 9:50 AM

    Herm should start considering interviewing for that Colts DC position, he’s not going to be here, and I’m pretty sure he’s well aware of that fact. The Colts may be the only people willing to offer that position…..cause in my eyes, he should stick to Dbacks. His 2-900 record, in my opinion, should seal his head coaching and coordination options shut. I’d like to see a stat on Head Coaches who’ve blown the most leads.
    Player’s coach for sure, do the players seem to play for Herm?……maybe certain young players.
    Can Herm manufacture a winning season when the team is solely his project?…….NO.
    However, the guy can speak – he should possibly consider politics instead of football.

  6. NoKidding says: Jan 21, 2009 9:50 AM

    Florio – This proves that people like Jason Whitlock and you don’t know what you are talking about. Turns out the coaches were told what there job status was after all.

  7. empty13 says: Jan 21, 2009 10:28 AM

    Herm can’t speak worth a damn. But he is better than emmitt.
    They take the jobs for the $.

  8. Pea Tear Griffin says: Jan 21, 2009 11:19 AM

    Ugh, if I was a Lions fan I think I’d rather keep Joe Barry . . .

  9. Blenny90 says: Jan 21, 2009 12:09 PM

    If they have a year remaining on their contract — accept a job with another team, then the Chiefs are not responsible for their salary next year.
    I wonder if they are trying to force Herm out and get out from under his $4 mil?

  10. Patrick says: Jan 21, 2009 12:15 PM

    Schwartz and Cunningham, should give the Lions D a boost…Hopefully they get someone(another AFC coach?) as good on the otherside of the ball now..GoLions!

  11. Tex Big Balls says: Jan 21, 2009 2:02 PM

    Hopefully they hired Gunther the European pop star (Too lazy to link a youtube clip) and not Gunther Cunningham the defensive coordinator who’s time in the league passed roughly 10 years ago.
    Both wear stylish sunglasses, by the way.

  12. nflwizard says: Jan 21, 2009 2:04 PM

    Herm, the worm in politics?? Please, are you joking?? I hope so! He should stick to motivating himself on that treadmill every morning instead of “playing the game to win” something he has shown he cannot do.

  13. Kevin from Philly says: Jan 21, 2009 2:10 PM

    How about Muldoon? (Car 016, Where are you?)

  14. VBG says: Jan 21, 2009 5:38 PM

    Cunningham didn’t need permission, he had resigned from the Chiefs.

  15. 0DET16 says: Jan 21, 2009 7:51 PM

    I think this is a mistake on the part of the Lions. They had the worst defense in the NFL last year. SO they fire the coach, make a good hire in Schwartz and then he hires the DC of the 2nd worst defense in the league last year… Great move, i guess a little improvement is better than no improvement.

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