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SCHWARTZ STILL THE FAVORITE IN DETROIT

As the Detroit Lions continue to search for the man who’ll try to avoid matching the Buccaneers 26-game string of multiseason futility, Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz continues to be the favorite to succeed Rod Marinelli. Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com said Wednesday that Schwartz looks to be the choice of the franchise. And the choice could be made soon. “I think they’re in the final stages,” Kowalski said during a radio appearance. “Schwartz appears, at least to me, more ready to handle this thing.” Schwartz and Dolphins defensive backs coach Todd Bowles have had two interviews each for the job. Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo have yet to be invited for a second sit-down, according to the Detroit Free Press. The Free Press also reports that Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was scheduled to be interviewed for the first time by Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew in Houston, where coaches and scouts are gathered to watch practices leading up to the annual East-West Shrine Game.