(WXYZ) - ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Detroit Lions have found their preferred next head coach, they just have to hire him.
In a published report , Schefter writes that the job is Ken Whisenhunt's to lose.
Whisenhunt is currently the San Diego Chargers' offensive coordinator. He also spent two years as a teammate of Lions' General Manager Martin Mayhew, when both played for the Washington Redskins.
The report is not particularly surprising, as Whisenhunt's name jumped to the top of the list of front runners for the job almost immediately following the firing of Jim Schwartz.
Whisenhunt played in the NFL from 1985 until 1992 and had stints with the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets, in addition to his time with the Redskins.
Following his playing career, Whisenhunt worked as a coach Vanderbilt University before returning to the NFL to coach for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
He was hired as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2007 and continued in that job until he was fired at the end of the 2012 season after missing the playoffs for three straight seasons.
He was then hired as the Offensive Coordinator of the Chargers. The Chargers are still in the hunt for the Super Bowl, having defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the playoffs.
Whisenhunt has a 49-53 record as Arizona's head coach, including a 4-2 postseason record that includes an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII.