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Tracking the latest interview rumors for Lions head coaching vacancy

The Detroit Lions fired Matt Patricia and have begun the search process for their next head coach. Here we’ll keep you up to date on the latest news and rumors.

Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions looks on from the sidelines in the third quarter of the game against the Houston Texans at Ford Field on November 26, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

UPDATE 1/19: Nothing much has changed, as Campbell still is going to be the Lions head coach, but he needs to get a few Saints duties out of the way first.

UPDATE 1/16: The Lions will hire Saints TE coach Dan Campbell as their next head coach, per FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer.

Matt Patricia’s time with the Detroit Lions was short-lived, as he only lasted two seasons and some change as their head coach before being fired in November. The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator only managed to go 13-29-1 as the shot caller for his own team. Detroit struggled on both sides of the ball during Patricia’s tenure and this year’s blowout loss to the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving was the last straw.

Detroit is hoping its next head coach hiring will lead to some success and has already begun to conduct interviews with ideal candidates. Let’s take a look at who’s being considered to coach the Lions in 2021.


Lions complete interview with Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, per Tori Petry. The team appears to be high on Campbell, but will have to wait until the Saints are done with their season.

Lions interviewed Darrell Bevell, who was their interim head coach after firing Matt Patricia this season, per Kyle Meinke.

Marvin Lewis failed to get the Cincinnati Bengals over the hump repeatedly in his 16 seasons with the team and could be set to return from the pros from the college ranks. He’s been working as an advisor and defensive coordinator at Arizona State since losing his NFL gig and interviewed with Detroit last week. He wasn’t able to get a single playoff win in 16 years with the Bengals though and might not be the best choice for a franchise looking to change its culture.

Interview request

The Lions have sent out as many as 10 interview slips. Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell and Tennessee Titans OC Arthur Smith have been named as potential recipients. Interim coach Darrell Bevell is also expected to be in the mix.

John Lynch announced Monday that the Lions requested an interview with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. He’s one of the more promising candidates in the league and has already received additional interview requests from the Falcons and Jaguars.

Rumored interest