5 Head Coaching options for the Detroit Lions

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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels before Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

1. Josh McDaniels

McDaniels in currently in his second stint and the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. McDaniels was the coordinator from 2006-2008, including the record setting 2007 team, before leaving to become head coach of the Denver Broncos.

After McDaniels was hired by the Broncos, in 2009, the team traded then highly touted quarterback Jay Cutler. The move at the time was highly scrutinized, but ultimately the right move. The Broncos finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs. 2010 was not kind as the Broncos were plagued by injuries and finished a dismal 4-12. McDaniels return to New England in 2012 seemed like he never missed a beat.

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The difference between McDaniels coaching the Broncos of 2009-2010, is a world of difference offensively. Those Broncos teams had players like Kyle Orton, Brandon Llyod, and Knowshon Moreno. The Lions offense is loaded with skill players on offense, making them very appealing to any head coaching candidate, especially Josh McDaniels.

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