Reports: Eric Bieniemy, Robert Saleh among Lions head coach candidates

Eric Bieniemy
Posted at 5:49 PM, Jan 04, 2021

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions' top priorities this offseason are to hire a general manager and coach to replace Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia after both were firedfive-plus weeks ago.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is interviewing with the Lions later this week after talking with the Atlanta Falcons about their head coaching job on Monday, a person familiar with the situation said, speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the teams had not announced those details.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy plans to interview with the Lions among other teams, a person familiar with his plans told the AP on condition of anonymity because he has not made his plans public.

Chris Spielman, who has ties throughout the league as a former Lions linebacker and TV analyst, is playing a key role in the searches as a special assistant.