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NFL Coaching Dominoes Continue To Fall

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A bit of a surprise in the NFL head coaching ranks late on Monday afternoon may set the ball in motion for the rest of the NFL's coaching vacancies to be filled in short order.

Less than 24 hours after his San Diego Chargers were eliminated from the post-season, (former) Chargers' offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt agreed to become the new head coach of. . .the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt had seemingly been married to the Detroit Lions job for quite a while now, and the Lions apparently even sent a private plane to pick Whisenhunt up today. Whisenhunt did not get on the plane, obviously. I can say that I, for one, am quite happy that Whisenhunt isn't going to be tutoring Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and company.

This will be Whisenhunt's second NFL head coaching job, as he was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2007 to 2012, guiding them to a Super Bowl appearance during that time.

With Whisenhunt no longer in play, the Lions have apparently turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell is currently the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens.

While all of that is going on, Mike Zimmer is still in Minnesota, interviewing with the Vikings. From everything I can find, the Titans job was the only other one that Zimmer had interviewed for, and with that no longer being an option, the Vikings are even more of a favorite for his services than before.

At the rate that things are progressing around the league, and with the Senior Bowl rapidly approaching, I would be very surprised if we didn't see something happen with Zimmer and the Vikings in relatively short order.

If anything does happen, you can be assured that we will have it for you right here.