Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) talks to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt during the first half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

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Chargers’ Philip Rivers understands Lions’ interest in Ken Whisenhunt
Michael Gehlken – The Detroit News

None of this about Ken Whisenhunt surprises Philip Rivers.

Whisenhunt, the Chargers offensive coordinator, interviewed with the Lions on Thursday, and has scheduled meetings with the Titans today and Browns on Saturday.

“I felt like when we hired him, I was like, ‘We’re not going to have him for long,’ ” said Rivers, the Chargers quarterback. “That’s just me. That was the feeling from before I first met him. Now, from being around him, I can see why guys would come after him.

“I can’t necessarily say I predicted he’d be one and done if that’s what it is, but I can tell you this: He hasn’t just said, ‘I’m just going to come here and wait until I get another shot.’ He’s been all in. We’ll be happy for him if he gets another shot again because he took Arizona to the Super Bowl. He was 6 inches from winning it.”

Charlie Batch says Ken Whisenhunt knows how to develop quarterbacks
Mike O’Hara – DetroitLions.com

Charlie Batch, whose 15-year career as an NFL quarterback started with the Lions in 1998 as a second-round draft pick, can give a personal scouting report on Ken Whisenhunt from their time together in Pittsburgh when Whisenhunt was a Steelers assistant coach and offensive coordinator.

Whisenhunt is a leading candidate to be the Lions’ next head coach. If he’s hired, Batch expects his personality to be evident immediately and for Whisenhunt to put his stamp on the Lions’ offense.

Ken Whisenhunt walking delicate line between hot-shot coaching candidate, and actually coaching
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Ken Whisenhunt’s time is a precious commodity these days.

He interviewed Thursday for the Detroit Lions’ coaching vacancy, and reportedly will speak with the Tennessee Titans on Friday and Cleveland Browns on Saturday. And, oh yeah, his current team plays a pretty important game on Sunday.

San Diego would be within a game of the Super Bowl with a win in Denver.

Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson pulls out of Pro Bowl
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will miss the Pro Bowl later this month because of a right knee injury that bothered him all season.

Johnson, who was voted to his fourth straight Pro Bowl after finishing third in the league with 1,492 yards receiving, will miss the game for the third consecutive year because of injurie [sic].

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