The general consensus all season, despite the Detroit Lions’ struggles, was that Jim Schwartz would be back as head coach in 2013.
Not so fast, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said Sunday. According to Mortensen the Lions have been reviewing Schwartz’s status, and that the Ford family is “unhappy with a tattered team culture.”
League sources say that the issues that have troubled owner William Clay Ford and his son, vice chairman Bill Ford Jr., pertain to the team’s image and the coach’s management style.
Nevertheless, league sources say that even during the playoff season, the Fords were disturbed by a number of incidents that fell under Schwartz’s domain. Schwartz’s occasional gruff management personality also has come under scrutiny and will be addressed by ownership if Schwartz is back in 2013.
The Lions close the regular season Sunday against the Chicago Bears. If Schwartz does indeed return, it is entirely possible that GM Martin Mayhew, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham could all find themselves looking for new jobs soon.