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The Detroit Free Press confirms the Lions interviewed Bengals QBs coach Ken Zampese for their offensive coordinator vacancy.
ESPN's Adam Caplan reported yesterday that the Lions might be interested in Zampese for their OC opening. Beat writer Dave Birkett confirmed the interview took place on Monday. Zampese has coached the Bengals QBs for the past 11 seasons. He also worked with Kurt Warner and the Rams in the early 2000s. Lions coach Jim Caldwell says there's no timetable for Detroit to name an OC. Tue, Jan 21, 2014 08:54:00 AM

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ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Lions may be interested in Bengals QBs coach Ken Zampese for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Caplan says Zampese could wind up interviewing for the job, "if he hasn't already." The Lions have taken their time to find an OC since coach Jim Caldwell was hired, but there's no need to rush. Zampese has been the Bengals QBs coach since 2003. Prior to that, he was the passing game coordinator for the Rams under Mike Martz during the Greatest Show on Turf days.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 06:19:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions are interested in Chiefs WRs coach David Culley to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Culley, 58, has never been an offensive coordinator at any level. He's currently the assistant head coach and receivers coach with the Chiefs. Previously, he coached the Eagles' receivers under Andy Reid from 1999-2012. In Detroit, Culley would likely be more of a caddy to Jim Caldwell. Another name mentioned by Rapoport for the Lions OC gig is Rutgers OC Ron Prince.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 11:55:00 AM

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lions gauged Tony Dungy's interest in their head-coaching vacancy before hiring Jim Caldwell.

As he's done to every job offer since retiring after the 2008 season, Dungy said thanks, but no thanks. Instead, he went to bat for his former protégé Caldwell, having serious sway with Lions GM Martin Mayhew. A Hall-of-Fame finalist, the 58-year-old Dungy appears to have zero interest in returning to coaching.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 09:06:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Colts QBs coach Clyde Christensen is Lions coach Jim Caldwell's "top choice" to serve as Detroit's offensive coordinator.

Caldwell and Christensen worked together in Indianapolis from 2002-2011. When Caldwell was named the head coach of the Colts in 2009, he promoted Christensen to OC. Current Colts coach Chuck Pagano retained Christensen as QBs coach. Christensen was a major influence on Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. He'd be a terrific hire to work alongside Matthew Stafford.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 02:53:00 PM

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports the Lions are expected to have Ravens OC Jim Caldwell on their list of head coaching candidates.

Caldwell is coming off a down year with the Ravens, overseeing an offense that ranked 29th in the league in total yards per game. He would satisfy the Rooney Rule if interviewed, however, and has experience coordinating a pass-first offense during his time in Indianapolis. The Lions have also expressed interest in Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable for their head-coaching vacancy.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 08:12:00 PM

Lions hired ex-Broncos GM Brian Xanders as senior personnel executive.

According to, Xanders has been "charged with changing the way the Lions scout and grade players." The Broncos' GM from 2009-12, Xanders served in a puppet role after John Elway took over as executive vice president of football operations in 2011. Xanders was part of the Josh McDaniels flameout, but it was McDaniels who had final say over personnel.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 04:57:00 PM

Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's job "appears safe" for 2013.

"I think he's done a great job," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "An offensive coordinator's job is to put guys in position to make plays. I think that over the course of the season, we've been in a good position to make plays." The Lions rank second overall in total offense, and the passing game is ranked No. 1. Detroit has been hit hard by the injury bug in 2012, while they also have turned the ball over too many times. Yes, Linehan has Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford's big arm to lean on, but he is the least of the team's problems.
Thu, Dec 27, 2012 07:11:00 PM

The NFL has found the Lions guilty of tampering with the Chiefs, meaning Detroit will forfeit a seventh-round pick in the 2011 draft.

Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was the culprit, saying publicly last year that he wanted players from Kansas City on Detroit's roster. The Chiefs also get compensated by acquiring Detroit's fifth-round pick in a swap of fifth-rounders, jumping from the 23rd spot in that frame to 9th. The Lions are left with just five draft picks, all in the first five rounds.
Fri, Feb 18, 2011 01:51:00 PM

NFL suspended Lions president Tom Lewand 30 days and fined him $100,000 for violating the league's Substance Abuse Policy.

Lewand pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while visibly impaired earlier in the month, and the league took action. In proportion to a player suspension, Lewand is essentially missing four "games." The hefty fine is the kicker. You never know, but we'd guess he won't be driving drunk again anytime soon.
Fri, Jul 30, 2010 06:59:00 PM

Lions president Tom Lewand, arrested for DUI on June 25, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of operating while visibly impaired.

As a result, he was placed on probation for six months and fined $532. Lewand, who has acknowledged being in active recovery, told the judge Friday that he had "several" vodka drinks before registering a 0.21 and 0.20 blood-alcohol content on the night in question. Lewand could still face a fine and suspension from the NFL.
Fri, Jul 9, 2010 02:47:00 PM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to meet with Lions president Tom Lewand to discuss Lewand's recent DUI arrest.

Lewand reportedly "could face a fine and a suspension," as the Personal Conduct Policy applies to executives as well as players. Goodell showed he is willing to drop the hammer on front office members last year by fining Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for giving two middle fingers to the Bills' sideline. Rex Ryan was fined $50K for giving one bird at an MMA event.
Tue, Jun 29, 2010 09:48:00 AM

According to Roscommon County (MI) Police, Lions president Tom Lewand's blood-alcohol content was over twice the legal limit prior to his drunken driving arrest over the weekend.

Lewand failed multiple field sobriety tests after police noticed him "driving erratically" late Friday. He also initially lied to police, stating he hadn't had a drink in over a year. "The driver stated that he was the designated driver," a deputy wrote, adding that Lewand claimed he was out "to pick a friend up" from a bar. Lewand's eyes were "glossy and bloodshot." He could not balance on one leg and put his finger to his lip when asked to touch his nose.
Mon, Jun 28, 2010 01:45:00 PM

Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. stood behind team president Tom Lewand in a statement on Sunday.

Lewand was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Friday. "Tom made a very serious mistake and he appropriately owned up to that mistake," Ford said. "As he continues to seek professional assistance for this problem, the Lions will support and help him in any way possible. I continue to have full confidence that Tom will positively lead our organization as he has since assuming his current role of team president. He has all my support." Lewand is still subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Sun, Jun 27, 2010 08:07:00 PM

Lions president Tom Lewand was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Friday night.

Heading into what should be one of their best seasons in the last decade, the Lions are dealt an unneeded distraction. "I am deeply sorry for my actions and take full responsibility," Lewand said. "As a person in active recovery, I am committed to taking all necessary steps to insure nothing like this ever happens again." Lewand has been Lions president since December of 2008.
Sun, Jun 27, 2010 12:44:00 PM

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