Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; SSan Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Detroit Lions and Ken Whisenhunt Expected to Start Negotiations When Chargers Eliminated

Of all the reports and speculation regarding the Detroit Lions and Ken Whisenhunt, the biggest nugget comes from Jason La Canfora’s coaching search update today. There he goes beyond calling the Lions favorites, saying that neogitations are expected to begin when the Chargers’ season ends:

The Lions were the first team to interview him (he also met with the Titans and Browns according to sources), and league sources said Whisenhunt remains very interested in that opening and the offensive pieces already in place.

He can’t complete a contract with a team until the Chargers season ends, but once that occurs negotiations with the Lions are expected to commence quickly. reported earlier in the day that “things could come together quickly” should the Chargers lose to the Broncos on Sunday.

Ken Whisenhunt’s name quickly emerged as a favorite after the Lions announced that Jim Schwartz would not be back as coach. However, even as the speculation turned to substance, the Lions can hardly be accused of having tunnel-vision for Whisenhunt in their search process. They certainly had a profile in mind – an offensive background with head coaching experience – but heard from Jim Caldwell, Mike Munchak and Gary Kubiak along the way. That list likely includes a couple dozen more that the Lions screened behind the scenes without an interview.

What do you think? By this time next week is Ken Whisenhunt officially the head coach of the Detroit Lions?

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