Lions hire Titans’ Schwartz as next head coach

The Detroit Lions have settled on a successor to Rod Marinelli, hiring Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz as their new head coach.

“After an extensive search that included several highly qualified coaches, we are thrilled that Jim Schwartz will become our team’s head coach,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement. “Martin (Mayhew) and I believe that Jim’s qualifications and vision will lead this organization on the field toward our goal of becoming a championship football team.”

The Lions will officially introduce Schwartz on Friday in a press conference at Ford Field.

Schwartz, who had a second interview with the Lions earlier this week, emerged from a group of candidates that included Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Dolphins assistant head coach Todd Bowles and Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.

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