Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is the leading candidate for the Lions' coaching job, NFL.com reported.
Whisenhunt and Lions general manager Martin Mayhew were teammates with the Redskins in 1989-90.
Whisenhunt, 51, was coach of the Cardinals from 2007-2012 and offensive coordinator for the Steelers from 2004-06.
The Lions can't hire Whisenhunt until after the Chargers' season is over. San Diego, a 27-10 winner at the Bengals on Sunday, will play at Denver next weekend in the divisional round.
Seahawks RB Lynch fined $50K
The NFL fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for violating the league's media policy.
Lynch stepped in front of a camera Friday and spoke for less than 90 seconds. It was his first time taking questions from the media all season, having politely declined every previous time.
Lynch's longest answer was 24 words when asked about the Seahawks' focus this week not knowing who their opponent will be.
The Seahawks will host the Saints in the divisional playoffs Saturday.
Around the league
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is among the top names on the Redskins' list to fill their coaching vacancy, CBSSports.com reported. ... Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is a leading candidate for the Titans' coaching job, ESPN reported.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.