Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Reportedly Asked Permission to Interview Jay Gruden

With the Detroit Lions coaching search to ramp up with more interviews in the coming week, we have a name to add to the list of official candidates. While Jon Gruden has been a fantasy candidate for a number of fans, it is his brother, Jay, who the Lions would like to interview.

Under contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Lions will need permission before they can formally interview him, but that request has reportedly been made:

It is hard to feel good about Jay Gruden as a candidate after his Bengals offense in general, and Andy Dalton in particular, were massively unimpressive as the Chargers pulled off the upset. In fact, this is the type of reaction we see from pundits today:

Not exactly a ringing endorsement. However, even as the Lions are moving in to the interview phase, the search is still fairly broad. The expectation is that a final list of about three candidates will be brought back for another interview with ownership.

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