5 Head Coaching options for the Detroit Lions

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October 3, 2015; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw argues with an official against the Arizona Wildcats during the third quarter at Stanford Stadium. Stanford defeated Arizona 55-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

5. David Shaw

If it is a college coach you desire, David Shaw is at the top of the list. Currently the coach at Stanford, Shaw has also worked for the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, and San Diego Chargers.

Shaw left the NFL for the University of San Diego to join head coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff as passing game coordinator in 2006. When Harbaugh was hired as head coach at Stanford in 2007, he brought Shaw with him to serve as offensive coordinator. In 2011, when Harbaugh left for the NFL, Shaw was promoted to head coach.

Currently, Shaw has a head coaching record of 48-13, including 3 seasons of winning at least 11 games. Shaw has won two Pac-12 Championships and was twice named Pac-12 Coach of the Year (2011 & 2012).
Shaw’s offense appears that it would translate very well to the NFL landscape, but that remains to be seen.

Honorable Mentions : Brian Billick, Jim Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, Teryl Austin, and Jon Gruden.

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