The NFL's recent trend: Let QBs in on coaching search

The NFL's recent trend: Let QBs in on coaching search
January 5, 2014, 8:30 pm
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When Bears GM Phil Emery invited Jay Cutler to be a part of the interview process for the Bears head coaching vacancy, it caught the attention of those around Chicago.

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But Cutler's inclusion into Marc Trestman's interview a year ago wasn't the first time a general manager invited his signal-caller into the mix when hiring an offensive mind. But the Lions seem to be stealing that page now.

A report out of Detroit indicates that Matthew Stafford sat in on Jim Caldwell's interview in his candidacy to replace the fired Jim Schwartz. Caldwell, the former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, was elevated to Ravens offensive coordinator with three weeks left in Baltimore's desperate playoff push a year ago and has been credited with helping Joe Flacco guide his team to a Super Bowl ring (and subsequent payday).

The Lions are also known to be interested in Ken Whisenhunt, who's now busy helping first-year Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and Philip Rivers gameplan for the Broncos.

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Probably safe to say, however, that Zygi Wilf and Rick Spielman won't be inviting Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel or Josh Freeman into the Vikings' head coach interviewing process.