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The Lions would make history if they fire Jim Schwartz

Written By: Terry Foster | December 27, 2013

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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.

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6 Responses to “The Lions would make history if they fire Jim Schwartz”

  1. Smitty Says:

    I find it funny that you believe that Schwartz will not be fired. On the other hand when history is used it’s very hard to debate. The prediction is valid but still makes no football since. The issuse here is on Martin Mayhew. Where is his spotlight Terry? Why are the Fords being spoken up and not Mayhew? Is there something we are missing here…? Can Mayhew not fire Schwartz because the Fords are really GMs? This is Mayhews fifth year. As much as I know you know about this organization your opinions on Schwartz, the Fords and the Lions history is really avoiding the pink elephant in the room. Forget ownership and history for a moment. Look at what Mayhew has done in five years it’s not great but the team is in good shape. Schwartz didn’t do this alone. I want to know what is being said to and by Mayhew because from your perspective Ford Jr. is telling him to keep Schwartz and I find that hard to believe.


    • Ree Uk Says:

      Smitty, I agree wholehardedly. But I am
      going to go a little bit further by saying
      that MM should be canned to as he has done
      a mediocre job of finding player talents.
      I remember him saying “We are going to draft
      best players in the pool and NOT what our needs
      are”. That is bunch of BS.


  2. Jim Says:

    Are you not going to count Gary Moeller (4-3) or Dick Jauron (1-4)?


  3. Ree Uk Says:

    Matt Millen is a total snob by
    canning Gary Moeller. He should
    have at least ride with GM until
    the end of the season. Then he
    should have evaluated him to
    whether remove the interim tag
    and put a full tag or just let
    him go. This organization is very
    odd when running their operation
    day in and day out. Other 31 franchises
    get aggressive to improve their respective
    products but the Ford Family just says if we
    win, we win and if we lose, we lose (these kind of
    attitudes). The Ford’s are too kind to every one of
    their employees (from president to last player).


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