Thursday morning, the Washington Redskins announced that they have hired Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to become their next head coach. Known as one of the more in-demand coaching candidates of 2014, Gruden was on the radar of several teams following the end of the regular season.
One of those teams now must focus 100 percent on San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, another one of the top coaching candidates of 2014.
The Detroit Lions had Whisenhunt at the top of their list after the end of their season, but many thought Gruden made some sense as well. As it turns out, Detroit better make sure they can lock down their guy now that Gruden has a new gig. Whisenhunt is scheduled to meet with the Lions Thursday.
Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is scheduled to have HC interviews with Lions today, with Titans on Friday, and with Browns on Saturday. Busy man
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2014
Unfortunately for Detroit, they will have competition. The good news is, though, that the Lions are known as the most attractive head coaching vacancy throughout the league. With a young quarterback like Matthew Stafford who has already shown potential of being of the best in the business and the top wideout in the game, Calvin Johnson, Whisenhunt may agree with the majority in thinking they present quite a desirable job.
The one thing the Lions must do now, with Gruden off the market, is make sure they present the best pitch to him on Thursday. If Whisenhunt chooses another organization for some reason, the Lions are left with a group of coordinators that are no where near as qualified as Whisenhunt. He is the absolute most perfect fit for Detroit, and they know it.