If you’re looking for a wild card to break up the expected Detroit Lions/Ken Whisenhunt connection, it sounds like former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak is the guy. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported today that Munchak’s interview with the Lions was surprisingly strong.
While Ken Whisenhunt is odds-on favorite to pick his next team as HC, Mike Munchak "surprised" Lions with strong interview. Don't ignore
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 12, 2014
It is important to note that even Mortensen still calls Whisenhunt the “odds-on favorite” to become the Detroit Lions next head coach so there isn’t necessarily anything for Lions fans hoping Whisenhunt is the guy to worry about just yet. Whisenhunt did take interviews with the Titans and Browns this week so he has options beyond the Lions. Similarly, the Lions have to have options beyond Whisenhunt no matter how strongly they feel about him.
The Browns nor the Titans seem like the kind of teams that would sweep Whisenhunt off his feet with the kind of big contract that the Lions couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to provide. After all, they were already paying Jim Schwartz more than most pundits had guessed.