If you study Lions history their coach Jim Schwartz won’t get fired next week when the team concludes its season. He would be if this were any other NFL team.
Schwartz would have the best final season record for a fired Lions coach under the Ford family since George Wilson was let go in 1964 with a 7-5-1 record. You have to be really bad to get fired.
And Wilson was not a Ford hire. He was a left over from before they bought the team. The Fords certainly were eager to bring in their own guy.
Here are the final season records of the last eight fired coaches. Guys like Bobby Ross and Joe Schmidt, who walked away, do not count.
Rod Marinelli (0-16), Steve Mariucci (5-11), Marty Mornhinweg (3-13), Wayne Fontes (5-11), Darryl Rodgers (2-9 after four straight losing seasons), Monte Clark (4-11), Rick Forzano (1-3 after two non winning seasons) and Harry Gilmer (4-9-1). None of these guys went on to become a head coach in the NFL again. None of them had a winning record with the Lions.
If Schwartz is fired this would constitute an entirely different approach by the Lions who give people second and third chances if they show any signs of progress. Despite a 6-3 start the Lions showed progress under Schwartz following a 4-12 season in 2012.
Even if the Lions wanted to fire Schwartz I would hold off on the hiring progress to see what happens in San Francisco. There is friction between head coach Jim Harbaugh, his players and the front office. It would be ironic to replace Schwartz with the man who pissed him off following the back slap hand shake.
If the Lions fire Schwartz I will stand up and say I misread them. But I don’t think that will happen.