The other day I guaranteed that Lions coach Jim Schwartz would keep his job if the Lions finished 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs.
A number of younger Lion fans disagreed. They said they would fire Schwartz and find another coach. What they do not understand is Lions history. If William Clay Ford is making the decision he will view this as progress and give Schwartz another shot coming off a 4-12 season.
A typical Lions fan would view it as not making enough progress and would fire Schwartz. But they are not making the decisions. Ford is. Look what he has done over the years.
He retained his friend Russ Thomas for decades as general manager even though he was a disaster. He gave the worse GM in NFL history (Matt Millen) a contract extension. He gives people the opportunity to fail two or three times before pulling the plug.
The Lions like Schwartz. He has fire in the belly and he might end up working here. He is intriguing and the Lions want to give him every shot possible.
The history of this franchise is not to be proactive. It is to stay the course and hope things work out. I believe the same considerations will be afforded to Schwartz if he finishes 8-8.
That might not be the case if Ford Jr. takes over the team. He is more like the common fan and his frustration is more evident. But if it is the old man’s decision alone the hot seat is not as heated as many will make you believe it to be.
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