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:
Four teams requested permission to interview Jay Gruden shortly after CIN loss last night, sources said – Skins, Vikings, Lions and Titans
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 6, 2014
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:
If Im #Bengals fan, Im hoping Jay Gruden gets HC job so Marvin can promote Hue Jackson to OC. They call that an in-house upgrade.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) January 6, 2014
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.