It’s official. Jim Schwartz is out as head coach of the Detroit Lions after yet another disappointing season.
In his five seasons with Detroit, the Lions achieved minimal success, posting a record of just 29-51 (good for a .363 winning percentage). The best year in his tenure came in 2011 when the Lions finished second in the NFC North at 10-6 and they clinched their first playoff spot since 1999.
2013 was a season filled with early promise, especially after the addition of running back Reggie Bush. Boasting a high-powered offense and a stingy and sometimes dirty defense, the Lions looked poised to make a strong bid to win the NFC North. At 6-3, they seemed to be in control until everything fell apart.
Despite the hot start, the Lions would stumble down the stretch, losing to teams like Tampa Bay and the New York Giants. While Detroit did win their first Thanksgiving game in some time against Green Bay in convincing fashion (albeit a Packers team that was without Aaron Rodgers), it would prove to be the team’s final win of the season. They would drop their remaining four games and six of their last seven. The Lions would take themselves out of the driver’s seat and wind up finishing third in one of the worst divisions in football.
The Lions struggled in all facets of the game down the stretch. Quarterback Matthew Stafford didn’t perform well at all in the final weeks. Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson both battled injuries. Bush even had a fumble problem and Megatron proved he was at least part human, dropping some passes. The defense, which had been good against the run, seemed to fall apart late in the season.
On top of the performance issues, there were questionable decisions made by Schwartz all season, and really throughout his time with Detroit. Putting all of these things together, Detroit Lions ownership decided they would go in a different direction and dismissed Schwartz as their coach.
Considering the firing just happened hours ago, it is pretty early to speculate who might be hired in Detroit or how soon it will happen.
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Who would you like to see at the helm for the Lions next season?