Lions Have Competition For Jauron

Dick Jauron remained in Detroit late into the evening Thursday night before leaving the Lions headquarters without a contract. Not unexpectedly the Lions have a lot of competition for Jauron's services. This will not be a "slam dunk."

(ALLEN PARK) - Dick Jauron remained in Detroit late into the evening last night before leaving the Lions headquarters without a contract. Not unexpectedly the Lions have a lot of competition for Jauron's services. This will not be a "slam dunk."

Four teams have expressed interest in the former Chicago Bears coach including the New York Giants, Kansas City, Detroit and the latest to express interest are the New York Jets.

Head coach Herman Edwards received a two-year extension and is interested in hiring Jauron as his defensive coordinator after the surprising dismissal of Ted Cottrell who most felt did an outstanding job with average personnel.

Jauron is expected to meet with the Jets and then look at all the offers before making a decision. The Lions biggest competition for the former Jacksonville and Green Bay assistant appears to be the New York Giants.

Head coach Tom Coughlin has offered Jauron the position of assistant head coach-defense but Jauron would not be the defensive coordinator. He would work with Tim Lewis, who was recently hired in that position but that is said to appeal to Jauron, who coached Lewis at Green Bay when he was defensive back there.

Jauron and Coughlin worked successfully together in Jacksonville where they combined for three playoff appearances in his four-year tenure including an AFC championship game appearance. That led to Jauron getting the head coaching job in Chicago.

Still, Mariucci's strong friendship with Jauron is expected to be a factor in Jauron's decision which he is expected to make this weekend.

 


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