Sources: Lions to talk to Schwartz

Updated: January 11, 2009, 6:29 PM ET
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The Detroit Lions had the worst defense in the league last season, so it's no accident that they have been speaking to defensive coordinators to fill their head coaching vacancy.

After the Minnesota Vikings' Leslie Frazier spoke to the team on Friday, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was set to meet with owner William Clay Ford on Monday, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Sunday.

Ford was not present for Schwartz's formal interview with the team on Jan. 3, so the owner wanted to meet with one of the Lions' top candidates to replace Rod Marinelli.

The Lions completed the season as the only 0-16 team in NFL history, costing Marinelli his job. The Lions gave up a league-worst 404.4 yards and 32.3 points per game last season. No team gave up more rushing yards at 2,754 for the season.

The Titans ranked second in the league in points allowed per game at 14.6 and were in the top 10 in most major statistical categories. Schwartz is free to meet with Ford after the Titans were eliminated from the playoffs by the Baltimore Ravens 13-10 on Saturday.

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