The Detroit Lions met with a second candidate to replace Jim Schwartz as head coach on Tuesday, former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak, who was fired last month in his eighth season with the Texans, fits the emerging profile of what the Lions are looking for in their next head coach -- experienced and offensive minded.
He played nine seasons with the Denver Broncos, won two Super Bowl rings as a backup to John Elway and led the Texans to back-to-back AFC South championships before their collapse this year.
The Lions are looking for a coach who can get the most out of 25-year-old quarterback Matthew Stafford, who's had three straight 4,600-yard passing seasons but has seen his play regress each of the last two years.
The Texans' down season -- they were 2-11 when Kubiak was fired -- was due in part to quarterback Matt Schaub's struggles. Schaub threw 14 interceptions in 10 games and lost his job to an ankle injury and poor play midway through the year.
Kubiak, 52, dealt with his own health problems this fall.
He suffered a transient ischemic attack -- a mini-stroke -- while walking off the field at halftime of a November loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He sat out one game, and was fired less than five weeks later.
The Lions have interviewed just one other candidate for their head-coaching job, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, but are expected to meet with more coaches this week.
Former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak has an interview scheduled with the Lions, reportedly on Friday, and the team hopes to meet with San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Caldwell and Whisenhunt, like Kubiak and Munchak, are former head coaches with offensive pedigrees.
Whisenhunt cannot be hired until San Diego's season is finished.
The Chargers play the Broncos in the AFC divisional round Sunday in Denver.
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