Greg Olson, current quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears, interviewed with Lions head coach Steve Mariucci yesterday and is expected to be named quarterbacks coach for the Lions replacing Kevin Higgins. Detroit is also expected to offer their defensive coordinator's job to Dick Jauron who has apparently lost out on the Buffalo Bills head coaching job.
The moves would mark the end of the tenures of quarterbacks coach Kevin Higgins and Kurt Schottenheimer who were holdovers from Marty Mornhinweg's staff.
"I'd like to stay but I also know there are no guarantees in life so there are opportunities I'm going to have to take a look at," Olson told the Chicago Tribune. "It sounds like the time frame is that [the Bears] aren't going to have a coach till the end of January, so if the right college opportunity came along, I'd think hard about taking it."
But abruptly Olson, who interviewed with new University of Arizona head coach Mike Stoops, turned down a shot at becoming the offensive coordinator of the University of Arizona Wildcats and flew into Detroit to interview with the Lions. Olson worked with Mariucci in his final season in San Francisco and Mariucci liked what he saw out of Olson who previously worked with Drew Brees at Purdue before joining Mariucci's staff.
Olson's wife is currently the head coach for track and field at Purdue. Moving back to the Midwest would be preferable for Greg Olson.
The Lions waited for Jauron to interview with the Bills and he was one of two finalists for the job, but Mularkey is expected to fly into Detroit Metro airport today to meet with Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who lives in Suburban Detroit, for final approval before being named Bills head coach.
That would seem to clear the last obstacle to Jauron's hiring. Current defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer would then be free to join his brother Marty in San Diego.
One coach Detroit isn't going to get is former Lions safety Dick LeBeau. LeBeau is going to be offered the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator job as early as today and Mularkey also wants to retain LeBeau in Buffalo in the same capacity.
If he accepts the position, Jauron would be given wide latitude to select defensive assistants to implement his attacking scheme that was so successful with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the late 90's