Lions confirm they have interviewed Eric Bieniemy, Marvin Lewis

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The Lions have already conducted at least two interviews for their head coaching vacancy, with more on the way.

Lions President Rod Wood confirmed this morning that the team interviewed Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. With those interviews, the Lions have complied with the Rooney Rule.

The Lions are also interviewing Darrell Bevell, who finished the season as the team’s interim head coach, today.

Wood said the Lions may hire their head coach before they hire their next general manager, as the Lions’ organizational structure will see the coach and GM working jointly rather than the coach reporting to the GM. So although the Lions are still in the process of interviewing GM candidates, it’s possible that they’ll move quickly in hiring their next head coach.

11 responses to “Lions confirm they have interviewed Eric Bieniemy, Marvin Lewis

  1. Marvin Lewis deserves a second chance somewhere. He is slightly above .500 as a HC (and yes, I realize he’s never won a playoff game). Many sub .500 coaches have been hired in the past.

  2. If the Lions want to continue to go nowhere, then by all means, they should hire Marvin Lewis.

  3. Marvin Lewis certainly does deserve another opportunity but the Lions organization would not be a good fit. The last thing Lewis needs is to go into a situation (like the Lions) that is poorly run, has a history of being poorly run, needs a major culture overhaul, and has a “franchise” QB that will be riding off into the sunset before long.

    Give Lewis a HC position where he has a chance for immediate success rather than an immediate wreck.

  4. It doesnt matter who the Lions hire as head coach,they have hired many over the years and none have been very successful and carried on the Lions losing legacy.what the Lions need more is a General Manager and scouts that recognize young talent and bring those players to Detroit.Ron Wolfe turned Green Bay around over twenty years ago recognizing and signing young,talented players and hired a coach in Holmgren who knew his stuff and brought them all together to a Super Bowl.you look at the talent on consistantly winning teams and its not the coaches who brought in all that talent but the GMs and his scouting department.the Lions need a GM who can turn them around,he is out there,just find him.

  5. Lewis would be the much better hire there. Both him and the Lions have something to prove by wining in the playoffs.

  6. Yea, the lions are blazing a trail with a different reporting structure that is out of the norm of successful franchises. What could go wrong…..

  7. Realistically, outside of the Chargers (which I DEFINITELY don’t want to see him go), Detroit may be the best option. He’ll at least have a placeholder QB knowing he needs to get a younger option within a few years. Gives him time to work on the rest of the team, then get someone younger at QB on a cheap rookie deal. It’s not a bad fit.

    Then there’s the Jets…

  8. @ billh1947, Yes they do need a GM and scouts who recognizes talent but even more importantly is the coaches, you have to have coaches that can coach UP that talent they have and make them better players and all coaches can’t do that. Those young players don’t have the talent to be Playoff or SB contenders no matter how good they are, it takes good coaching to get them to that level that they’re able to win Playoff games and SB’s. Good coaching is the most important thing in building a winning franchise, how many times have the Pats made the Playoffs and won the SB’s with less than the most talented group of players on the field. The Pats for years would take other teams 3rd or 4th string players or players other teams cut and then win the AFC Championship or a SB with them and that’s all on the coaching those players get, not solely on the talent of the players. As a matter of fact other than Brady and Gronk the Pats had very few what I’d call top 10 players on most of their SB winning teams, most of their players were mediocre at best, but they got great coaching and those coaches(DC/OC) almost always came up with great game plans against their opponets.

    And starting next season the coaching will be even more important with the reduced salary cap because teams won’t be able to afford to load up with the best talent, they’re going to have to win with less talent and better coaching. Next season will be what I’m calling the “GREAT RESET” leveling the playing field for most teams and those that managed their cap going into next season should be better positioned to grab some of those top talented players that a lot of other teams will have to cut to get under the cap.

  9. Lewis actually makes a lot of sense. The Bengals were the Bungles before he came to Cincinnati and I remember Tony Kornheiser saying if he went 8-8 with the Bengals they should build him a statue. Would love to see the Lions be competitive again.

  10. “Marvin Lewis certainly does deserve another opportunity but the Lions organization would not be a good fit. The last thing Lewis needs is to go into a situation (like the Lions) that is poorly run, has a history of being poorly run, needs a major culture overhaul, and has a “franchise” QB that will be riding off into the sunset before long.”

    Sounds eerily similarly to when he took over in Cincy.

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