Top head coach candidates 

January, 6, 2014
Jan 6
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Since the last time we checked in on the top replacement candidates for teams that fired their head coaches, the Houston Texans hired Bill O'Brien, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Lovie Smith and the Tennessee Titans fired Mike Munchak. That leaves us with five head coach vacancies and a slew of potential replacements. Here is a look at the top options those teams are considering:

Detroit Lions
  • Ken Whisenhunt: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Lions' job is "Whisenhunt's to lose." There are myriad reasons why the current San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator would be a good fit with the Lions, but foremost is his success at getting the most out of his quarterbacks. The next Lions coach will need to turn Matthew Stafford into a winner.