Lions set to interview Todd Bowles Friday

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The Lions know they won’t land Robert Saleh as their next head coach and it looks like Arthur Smith is headed elsewhere as well, so they’ll be continuing their search on Friday.

According to multiple reports, the Lions are set to interview Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Friday.

It will be the team’s first head coaching interview since hiring General Manager Brad Holmes on Thursday. That move could accelerate the process of making a hire, although there may also be second interviews to come if the Lions want Holmes to take part in conversations with candidates.

Former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell, and Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell are the others who have interviewed with the team.

14 responses to “Lions set to interview Todd Bowles Friday

  1. I can see this being a match. He didn’t do well his first time out but he has the no-nonsense mindset needed to change the culture in Detroit and I think he’ll click with Chris Spielman, who is the new power behind the throne up there.

  2. Not a great list of candidates. Wonder what happened with Saleh? He sure seemed to want that job.

  3. I don’t know – I see the Lions job as maybe the least desirable in the league. Ownership hasn’t proven to be patient, and it just seems like a dysfunctional organization.

  4. I didn’t know if Saleh really wanted the Lions job. There seemed to be a lot of pressure on him being the local guy returning home. And then those second rate politicians in Michigan got involved and signed that stupid letter. Who knows how Saleh really felt about the Lions job.

  5. No retreading of failed head coaches, Bieniemy or Pederson are right.

    Something wrong in the room when top candidates continue to just walk on by.

  6. As a Bills fan I fell for the Lions fans……we went through years of dysfunctional management as well and then finally got it right. Here’s hoping the Lions get it right too….

  7. I don’t get why anyone would have expected different from Patricia. He had about the same record in Detroit as Belichek does without Brady.

  8. @AFW – have to disagree… 29 ys since a playoff win… they’ve been beyond patient… they’ve been indolent, incompetent, maybe even indifferent.

    Even their best players retired, rather then keep swallowing the total embracing of mediocrity.

    See Matt Millen, Martin Mayhew. HC’s define what you’ll keep getting after 3 years. Even Caldwell… was a just above 500 guy.

  9. Long suffering Lions fan here. Not a very sexy list of candidates. Why not bring Hue Jackson in for an interview while you’re at it.

  10. It’s very surprising that the Lions have not requested permission to speak to Brian Daboll. Maybe that will change in the next few days, but it’s very surprising the Lions haven’t reached out to Daboll yet.

  11. Good luck with that one, said every Jets fan ever. Some guys are fine coordinators, and that’s it.

  12. I thought you are not allowed to interview with teams that are still in the playoffs? As far as I know the Buccaneers are still playing! Just wondering? The Texans are not allowed to interview Eric B so why would Detroit get to interview Bowles?

  13. Why would any coach want that job? They’ve shown that if you make the playoffs every other season they’ll fire you for a rocket scientist.

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