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Report: Whisenhunt front-runner for Lions' head coaching job

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San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt appears to be the front-runner to land the Detroit Lions' head coaching job, ESPN reported Sunday.

According to the report, which is based on information from a source, the Lions job is "Whistenhunt's to lose."

Whisenhunt and Lions general manager Martin Mayhew spent two seasons as teammates with the Washington Redskins in 1989 and 1990.

Whisenhunt, 51, was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals for six seasons. He led them to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2008 season but was fired after last season.

If Whisenhunt is hired by the Lions, they would hope he has the same success with Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford that he has had this season with the Chargers' Philip Rivers and with Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

The Lions could not hire Whisenhunt until after the Chargers' season is over. San Diego plays the Denver Broncos next weekend in the divisional round.

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden appears to be another candidate for the Lions' head coaching job.
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