Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on the sidelines during first quarter of the AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Lions expected to interview Chargers' OC Ken Whisenhunt

The Detroit Lions parted ways with head coach Jim Schwartz after failing to make the playoffs. They’ve already begun interviewing replacements and the next candidate reportedly up is San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

From Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ website:

The Lions have already interviewed Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and are expected to talk to San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt this week as well.

Like Caldwell, Kubiak and Whisenhunt, Munchak has previous head coaching experience, which is a big plus for the Lions in their search to replace Jim Schwartz, who was fired last week after a 29-51 record in his first head coaching job.

Whisenhunt like some of the other candidates has a rich history of working with quarterbacks. Whisenhunt helped the Chargers squeak into the playoffs this year and get a win in the Wild Card round over the Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Philip Rivers had a big season and the Lions are looking for a head coach to help Matthew Stafford elevate his play.

Stafford sat in on the interview with Caldwell, who broke down film and suggested drills for what Stafford needs to improve.

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