Five Head Coaching Candidates the Detroit Lions should avoid

5 of 6

Tony Dungy or anyone involved with Tony Dungy

Aug 9, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Tony Dungy throws the ball prior to the 2015 Hall of Fame game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

First off, Tony Dungy isn’t coming out of retirement to coach the Lions or run the Lions front office. Other than the fact that Dungy is from the area, why would you want him to? Dungy had a great run in Indianapolis and even won a Super Bowl in 2007. Before that Dungy was a really good regular season coach that was 6-10 in the playoffs. As bad as the Lions have been, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if the Lions made the playoffs multiple times.

What the Lions should really stay away from is Dungy’s coaching tree. Outside of Mike Tomlin, and I suppose you could say Jim Caldwell in Indianapolis, not one coach attached to Dungy has had success in the NFL. Leslie Frazier fizzled out in Minnesota, Lovie Smith hasn’t coached a team to the playoffs since 2010, Rod Marinelli is the only coach in NFL history to lead a team to an 0-16 season and everybody just hates Lane Kiffin.

Don’t forget it was Dungy who had a major hand in putting the Lions in the coaching situation they’re in right now after he vouched for Jim Caldwell over the phone.

Next: Jon Gruden