Nate Burleson says next coach has to be someone who can "demand respect"

Posted Jan 13, 2014

The Detroit Lions could have a new head coach this week now that all four of the candidates they’ve interviewed are available for hire

Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson spent his first full week of the offseason as a guest analyst on the NFL Network’s ”NFL Total Access” program.

On Friday’s show, the 11-year veteran was asked what traits the Lions new head coach will have to possess to help the Lions make a quick turnaround from a disappointing 7-9 season.

”Someone with some experience, some wisdom; someone that can demand respect,” Burleson said. ”It’s not necessarily important if you were a head coach before but just that you have years, that you have a clear understanding about the game of football.”

The Lions have formally interviewed Ken Whisenhunt, Jim Caldwell, Mike Munchak and Gary Kubiak for their open vacancy the past couple weeks, all of whom have head-coaching experience in the NFL.

”The reason I say that is because you have, one, you have a lot of veterans,” Burleson said. ”But two, more importantly you have very talented young guys; you have Matt Stafford, you have (Ndamukong) Suh, you have Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush – these guys are elite in their talent level but they still want to learn, they still have that yearning for it.

”Calvin wants to come in every day and know that (he) can get better, and that’s a challenge in itself to be able to come in and have to teach the best receiver in the world.”

The search for the new head man in Detroit to replace Jim Schwartz could ramp up this week with all four candidates now available for hire. Whisenhunt became available Sunday night when his Chargers lost to Denver in the playoffs.