Lions trolling for offensive coordinators

New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy, former Illinois head coach Ron Turner, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur and Lions quarterbacks coach Greg Olson are the top candidates to fill the vacant offensive coordinator position for the Detroit Lions.

ALLEN PARK - New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy, former Illinois head coach Ron Turner, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur and Lions quarterbacks coach Greg Olson are the top candidates to fill the vacant offensive coordinator position for the Detroit Lions.

Scout.com's Mike Fowler has learned that the Lions sought permission to talk to McCarthy but were turned down by New Orleans head coach Jim Haslett. Haslett is mulling whether to renew McCarthy's contract which expires after the playoffs.

Meanwhile Turner, the younger brother of Oakland Raiders head coach Norv Turner, spent 10 hours at Halas Hall interviewing for the vacant coordinators job on head coach Lovie Smith's staff.

It is unknown at this time whether Smith offered the job to Turner or if parameters of a contract were discussed since Turner interviewed without his agent being present. He is expected to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens and perhaps Detroit before accepting a position.

Detroit has not asked for permission to interview Shurmur, but he is said to be highly regarded by many in Detroit's front office and is a native of Dearborn, MI.

Olson, who was once the odds-on favorite will still be interviewed for the position, but after having just two years on staff as the quarterbacks coach, Mariucci may want someone with more experiencee in the pressure packed coordinator's position.

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