Now that Matt Patricia is out in Detroit, speculation begins about who will take over as head coach of the Detroit Lions head coach. Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell is the interim head coach. It seems unlikely that Beavell would get the permanent head coaching position unless the Lions win out the rest of the way. Two critical pieces of the offense are already in place in quarterback Matt Stafford and running back D’Andre Swift.
Here are some coaching candidates should get some consideration for the head coaching job. It’s time to start getting some fresh new faces in the NFL coaching ranks. The NFL is constantly changing, and you need a head coach that can roll with changes and implement those changes to keep your team competitive.
Here some candidates that deserve a hard look to coach the Detroit Lions:
Eric Bieniemy; Offensive Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs
Bieniemy has the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes leading the NFL in the offense. Bieniemy has done a great job working with and developing Mahomes. He would help Matt Stafford take his game to a new level.
He is an imaginative play-caller and has respect in the Kansas City locker room. Bieniemy will be the number one coaching candidate this off-season.
Lincoln Riley; Head Coach, Oklahoma
Riley is a college football quarterback whisperer. Riley has developed two Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. The Lions have to start thinking about their quarterback of the future, and what better coach to develop that quarterback than Lincoln Riley.
Joe Brady; Offensive Coordinator, Carolina Panthers
In his first year as OC in Carolina, Brady has the Panther’s offense competitive and in every ball game. Brady has done great work with Teddy Bridgewater, and let’s not forget his work with Joe Burrow at LSU. Under Brady’s leadership, the 2019 LSU team broke numerous NCAA scoring records. Brady deserves a chance. He is only 31 years old, so if the Lions pass on him, he will get his chance sooner rather than later.
The candidates mentioned above have been from the offensive side of the ball. Here are two candidates from the defensive side of the ball that should get serious consideration.
Robert Saleh; Defensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
Saleh is a Dearborn, Michigan native, and one of the bright defensive minds in the NFL. During the 49ers Super Bowl run of 2019, the 49ers held opponents to 169 yards a game passing and 281 yards in total offense.
Saleh will be one of the hottest coaching candidates this off-season. The Lions are one of the worst teams defensively this season. Hiring a coach like Saleh would make sense to get this defense back to being respectable.
Matt Eburflauss; Defensive Coordinator, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are second in total defense, giving up 298 yards a game. The Colts have the fifth-best pass defense and are third in run defense. Eburflauss is not a sexy candidate. He doesn’t have name recognition; but, whoever takes a chance on Eburflauss will getting a hell of a coach.
Jim Harbaugh; Head Coach, Michigan
Harbaugh has not met expectations at Michigan. Harbaugh has averaged nine wins a season before 2020, but that is not good enough for the Michigan alumni. Harbaugh will be out at Michigan sooner than later.
Harbaugh was excellent in the NFL as a head coach compiling a 44-19-1 record and a .690 win percentage. Harbaugh took the 49ers to three straight NFC championship games and a Super Bowl. Harbaugh could be a dark horse candidate to coach the Lions in 2021.
Here are a few other names that could get some consideration:
- Byron Leftwich, Offensive Coordinator —Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Todd Bowles, Defensive Coordinator —Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Matt Campbell, Head Coach —Iowa State
- Kellen Moore, Offensive Coordinator—Dallas Cowboys
- Jay Gruden, Offensive Coordinator—Jacksonville Jaguars
- Marvin Lewis, former Head Coach—Cincinnati Bengals
- Hugh Freeze, Head Coach—Liberty University