Lions schedule interview with Dolphins’ Bowles

The Bill Parcells coaching tree has produced head coaches such as Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis and Tony Sparano. Now the tree could be growing again.

Dolphins assistant head coach/secondary coach Todd Bowles has scheduled an interview for next Wednesday for the Lions’ vacant head coaching job. The Lions requested and received permission from the Dolphins to interview Bowles, who now joins the list of candidates that also includes Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray.

The Lions are clearly exhausting all options, and Bowles is a bona-fide one. He previously has coached with the Jets, Browns and Cowboys before moving to Miami with Parcells last winter.

The 45-year-old Bowles has a superb reputation around the league and could draw interest from more than just from the Lions.

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