Todd Bowles first HC interview for Lions under Brad Holmes


The Lions got their general manager, just as the head coaching dominoes are beginning to fall.

Robert Saleh has signed with the Jets. Arthur Smith is reportedly headed to the Falcons. Detroit interviewed both those candidates before Brad Holmes arrived on Thursday as GM.

They've also interviewed interim HC Darrell Bevell, former Bengals HC Marvin Lewis, Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy and Saints AHC/TE coach Dan Campbell.

And on Friday, the Lions are interviewing their first candidate under Holmes: Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles.

Detroit was prepared to interview Bowles prior to hiring Holmes, so this isn't a Holmes directive. So far, Chris Spielman has been leading the team's search for a head coach.

Still, this is Holmes' first say in a huge decision for the organization. And it sounds like the Lions intend to give Bowles a long, hard look.

It's not hard to see why. Holmes is a first-time GM. The last time the Lions teamed a first-time GM with a first-time head coach, Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia ran the team into the ground. Experience will likely be a key factor in the head coaching hire.

Bowles has it. He was head coach of the Jets from 2015-18. He also served as assistant head coach of the Dolphins from 2008-11, including a stint as interim head coach in his final season. He has a total of 21 years in the NFL coaching ranks.

The last two have come in Tampa Bay, where Bowles took over a defense that ranked No. 27 in the NFL. This season it ranked No. 6. The Bucs, who play the Saints on Sunday for a spot in the NFC championship, led the league in rushing defense and were tied for fourth in sacks.

The Lions, who gave up 47 points to the Bucs last month, had the worst defense in the league.