Seven Head Coaches the Detroit Lions should consider

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Jeff Risdon: Brian Billick

Jan 30, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Baltimore Ravens former coach Brian Billick on the NFL Network set at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sport

My choice for the next Detroit Lions coach is the same as it was when the job was last open: Brian Billick.

As an offensive guru, he developed a Vikings offense that set the NFL record for both points scored and first downs per game. That came with a roster constructed similarly to what the Lions have, a strong-armed QB, two very good wideouts and a versatile RB corps.

Then he took over the Ravens and somehow transformed himself into a defensive guru. He won a Super Bowl with a suffocating defense and Trent freaking Dilfer at quarterback.

He wins with offense. He wins with defense. He wins with the hand he’s dealt. I know he’s the smartest guy in the room and I’m okay with that. Better to have the smartest guy than the alternative.

I like Brian Billick as a head coaching prospect for the Lions. He’s a guy that would know exactly what to do with Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense. The only issue I see with this is that Billick has been out of the coaching game since 2007. I think the only thing that brings him back is the opportunity to be both the head coach and GM.

If it works out, then it’s awesome. If it doesn’t, the Lions find themselves back in this situation in the next few years.

RG II is up next with everybody’s favorite selection.

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