Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz has spent the past five years leading his team.
Schwartz is currently proving he does not deserve a sixth season.
Detroit hasn't won important games consistently under Schwartz, and his team’s 18-16 loss against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday is a prime example.
It appeared as if the NFC North gods were trying to give Schwartz’s team the division a few weeks ago. Detroit was 6-3 after a second win against the Chicago Bears on Nov. 10. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler sustained a high ankle sprain during that game. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a collarbone injury on Nov. 4. Considering Minnesota had quarterback issues, Detroit should have moon walked into the playoffs.
Instead, Schwartz’s team has stumbled.
Detroit has lost four of its past five games. After leading the NFC North for several weeks, Detroit is currently in third place and in danger of missing the playoffs. This fall should be unacceptable, but disappointment has become the norm under Schwartz.
Yes, he took over an 0-16 team, but the Lions cannot continue to blame former coach Rod Marinelli for their woes.
Detroit advanced to the playoffs in the 2011 season, but regressed last year. After starting 4-4, Detroit lost eight consecutive games. It acquired running back Reggie Bush prior to this season, and he was supposed to replace Jahvid Best, whose career derailed because of concussion woes.
Yet, Detroit was defeated by below .500 teams, such as Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, during this current slide.
As Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel wrote, “He [Schwartz] did an admirable job getting a team that went 0-16 to the point where .500 isn't good enough.”
And it does not appear Schwartz is good enough.
Schwartz is 29-49 in his five years as the Lions' coach. Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions on Monday, and Schwartz has been unable to turn him into an elite quarterback, even with Calvin Johnson, the NFL’s best receiver. Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are talented, but their consistent penalties display a lack of discipline. Detroit’s roster is talented, but Schwartz and his staff continually struggle to get the most out of their talent.
According to a poll on MLive.com, nearly 90 percent of their readers believe Schwartz should be fired after this season if Detroit misses the playoffs.
Schwartz’s team should not be struggling five years later.
That is why it is hard to think he deserves a sixth season.
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