Found December 31, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
ALLEN PARK, Mich. Black Monday hit hard around the NFL with numerous teams making major changes, but apparently not the 4-12 Detroit Lions. While Coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't confirm that he's been told he's returning for 2013, he sounded and acted like that must be the plan. Schwartz called it "business as usual" around the Lions' practice facility during his final news conference of the season. "We're on our normal end-of-season wrap-up," Schwartz said when asked whether he's met with the Ford family, which owns the club. "They're heavily involved in that." If there are changes, it could be on the coaching staff, but Schwartz said he hadn't met with his assistants to discuss their future as of late Monday morning. "Nothing right now," Schwartz said of any possible turnover on his staff. "We have some coaches under contract. Other guys whose contracts are up. We worked very hard to keep our staff together last year. Don't know if we'll be able to do the same thing. We'll just have to wait." Schwartz wouldn't comment on which assistants' contracts are up. Speculation is that most are offensive assistants. "When we do get them signed, I think we can acknowledge that," Schwartz said. "But that's probably about as far as we go (in commenting on their status)." The Lions brought back 21 of 22 starters off of last year's 10-6 team and finished this year on an eight-game losing streak. With 24 unrestricted free agents, the roster is expected to have a much-different look entering next season. "There's going to be a different dynamic this offseason than last," Schwartz said. "There's going to be changes. We're not coming off a 10-6 season. We're not trying to do our best to hold that team together. "We're coming off a 4-12 season. We're not just going to be able to stay on the same course. Our philosophies won't change. The execution of those philosophies may change a little bit." EXTRA POINTS Schwartz didn't rule out the possible return of receiver Titus Young, who didn't play the final six weeks for disciplinary reasons. "He's still on our roster," Schwartz said. "There is still a window there. He's a very talented player who made a difference when he was on the field. It affected the team not having him out there." ... Schwartz's message to players to try to avoid what happened during the last offseason when there were seven arrests: "When people prove that they can't make good decisions then as an organization we need to prepare to be able to go without them." ... Offensive tackle Jeff Backus, who just completed his 12th season, wasn't available Sunday or Monday to discuss his plans for the future. "He hasn't said anything yet about what he's going to do," teammate Rob Sims said. "I hope he plays. I'm going to call him every day." ... Schwartz, on his biggest regret personally from this season: "Throwing that challenge flag (which ended up giving Houston a touchdown)." Schwartz added, "I wish I had that crew yesterday," a reference to the officials in the Green Bay-Minnesota game Sunday who ignored a similar situation involving Packers coach Mike McCarthy. ... Schwartz on the future of running back Jahvid Best, who hasn't been cleared for contact since suffering a concussion in October 2011: "That's out of my hands as a coach. I can't have expectations. That's up to the doctors and that's up to Jahvid."

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