Lions’ top coaching candidates for the upcoming season

Nick Louisell, Staff Writer

The Detroit Lions have decided to fire their head coach and general manager over poor performances. With that being said they are in the head coaching market and there are plenty of great candidates for the Lions to choose from.

1. Robert Saleah
Saleah is the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. In the 2019 season, the San Francisco 49ers had the second-best defense in the NFL. Also, he is a Detroit native having been born in Dearborn. He is considered to be the favorite and most likely candidate for the job.

2. Marvin Lewis
Marvin Lewis has been coaching football since 1981 when he started as the linebackers coach for Idaho State. He is a veteran of the game and knows football inside now. He was the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003 to 2018 leading the team to multiple playoff appearances. Since being let go by the Bengals he has been the co-defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals.

3. Darrell Bevell
Bevell started the season as the Lions offensive coordinator and took over as interim head coach as Matt Patricia was relieved of his duties. In his five-game span as head coach of the Lions, he has led the team to a poor 1-4 record Bevel has worked many jobs across the league, most notably his role with the Seattle Seahawks as offensive coordinator when they won the Superbowl in 2014.

4. Eric Bieniemy
Bieniemy is the current offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. Bieniemy played a key role in the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl last season. Also, he was the offensive coordinator during Patrick Mahomes’ 2018 breakout season which won him the MVP. He is considered a top 2 candidate for the Lions

5. Joe Brady
Joe Brady is the current Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator. The season before he was the Panthers offensive coordinator and the passing game coordinator for the LSU Tigers. The LSU Tigers won the National Championship in 2019, with their quarterback Joe Burrow winning the Heisman Trophy. Joe Brady is considered a dark horse candidate and has not yet interviewed with the team.