Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 7/2/12

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions looks on against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on November 22, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions came from behind to defeat the Browns 38-37. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
In one sense, it seems a little odd to be giving Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz a multi-year contract extension at a time when the discipline of his team is being so seriously questioned. After all, the Lions lead the league in off-season arrests with six. They weren't exactly the most disciplined group on the field last season either. But the confirmation that Schwartz has agreed to a deal beyond the 2012 season was completely logical and totally deserved. Schwartz inherited a slapstick team that went 0-16 the year before he arrived. He has improved that mark every year, from 2-14 in his first season in 2009 to 6-10 in 2010 and then a breakthrough 10-6, playoff season last year. Its one of the best three-year turnarounds by a franchise in NFL history, and Schwartz deserves much of the credit for it. I think weve done good work here, Schwartz said during the Lions mini-camp last month. I think Ill leave it at that. The Lions certainly didnt want to enter this season with a c...
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