EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Jim Schwartz's aggressive tendencies helped turn the Detroit Lions from the laughingstock of the NFL into a playoff team in three years after becoming the team's coach in 2009 following Detroit's infamous 0-16 season.
That aggressiveness had been heralded in pulling a team out of a playoff drought that had spanned 12 seasons. The Lions went 10-6 last year, earning a wild-card spot in the NFC and prompting nearly unprecedented optimism in Detroit heading into this season.
But a season that held so much promise has been derailed so far, in part because of Schwartz's aggressiveness.
Looking back on Sunday's craze-filled 44-41 overtime loss at Tennessee, Schwartz knows he might have gotten a little too fancy when he had his offense line up for a fourth-down play in overtime trying to draw the Titans offside. In field-goal range, where longtime veteran Jason Hanson could have extended the game, the Lions lined up and miscommunication caused center Dominic Raiola t...