Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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When we think of underrated and overrated players on a football team, we tend to search for the quarterback or the player who just got the new contract after one year of stellar play. We never think of the backup guard or the third-down pass rusher. And we never think of the coach.This might be one of those articles where a case can be made for a coach hanging on too long and doing more harm to the franchise than good.When Jim Schwartz was named the head coach to the Detroit Lions, I thought the hire was solid - a defensive mind to counter the potential high power offensive engine in Michigan.Schwartz was not the solution to the problem in his first two seasons 2009 and 2010, posting records of 2-14 and 6-10. The 2010 season however saw the Lions win their last four games, giving fans hope this team was on the rise.In 2011, Schwartz took his Lions led by the arm of Matthew Stafford and the pass catching of Calvin Johnson to the playoffs. The team was young and hungry and appeared to...
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