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The Schwartz hot seat is not as warm as you think

Written By: Terry Foster | September 6, 2013

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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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3 Responses to “The Schwartz hot seat is not as warm as you think”

  1. Jim Says:

    I almost can’t laugh at the guy who said the Lions will go 11-5 at Foster’s the other night.

    When I look at the schedule, I can see them going 10-6, and 4-0 to start the year. But my gut says 7-9 because they’ll whiff on some opportunities late in the year. They’ll win two against Minnesota, split with Chicago, and lose two to Green Bay.

    How strong do you think the NFC East is? The Giants are too hard to predict for me.


    • Jim Says:

      One more thing, if they do finish 7-9 or 8-8, the decision to fire him should be based on how they got there. If they seem to win two/lose two or some combination of that through the whole season, yes, he should keep his job.

      But if they go 4-0 like I think they will, and they falter down the stretch, he should lose his job. Expectations always change through the course of a season. When the Lions went 6-2 in 2007, they should’ve made the playoffs, despite earlier expectations of them missing them.


  2. Joel Alston Says:

    2-14 record at best this team make mistake week after week, good teams don’t do that every week.


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