According to Adam Shefter of ESPN, the Detroit Lions are among three other teams that have asked permission to interview Cincinnatti Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
Titans, Lions, Vikings and Redskins each requesting permission to interview Bengals OC Jay Gruden, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2014
Gruden is available for interviews now after the playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Jay Gruden, brother of ESPN broadcaster John Gruden, played quarterback with some success in the arena football league. Gruden was the AFL MVP in 1992.
Gruden can credited with the developement of quarterback Andy Dalton a second round pick out of TCU. Dalton had his best season for the Bengals in 2013 throwing for 4293 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Jay Gruden is an interesting coaching candidate because many consider the Lions and Bengals to be mirror images of each other. Both have a quality quarterback, a pro bowl caliber wide receiver and a thunder and lightning style running game. The theory behind Gruden coaching the Lions is that the he would simply be able to plug right into the current personnel and hit the ground running.
Although Gruden has a solid track record as an Offensive Coordinator in the NFL, his head coaching experience stems from a couple of stints with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football league. During his time in Orlando. Gruden claimed two arena bowl titles in 1998 and 2000.
Like Jim Caldwell, Gruden has a proven track record of developing Quarterbacks. That seems to be determining factor of the Lions as they move forward in their search for a new head coach.