Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has apparently emerged as the current front-runner to be the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, according to multiple sources around the league.
Schwartz, who had a second interview with the Lions on Monday, has served as the Titans' defensive coordinator since 2001. The past two seasons his defensive unit has ranked among the best in the NFL.
Efforts to reach Schwartz for comment on Wednesday were unsuccessful.
The Lions, who became the first team in NFL history to finish 0-16, are still in the interview process, so no hiring appears to be imminent. The Lions spoke to San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera Wednesday at the East-West Shrine Game in Houston. The Lions interviewed Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach Todd Bowles on Tuesday and are still believed to have a second interview scheduled with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier later this week.
If Schwartz were to be hired by the Lions, it is expected that coach Jeff Fisher would move quickly to fill the vacancy from one of three potential candidates — former Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Titans linebackers coach Dave McGinnis or defensive backs coach Chuck Cecil.