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In 2011, Detroit players held well-attended workouts during the lockout. They entered the season focused, and after a 5-0 start, the Lions made the playoffs for the first time in a dozen years.
The next offseason wasn't nearly as positive. A number of arrests and off-field problems put the Lions on the defensive. What followed was a 4-12 collapse for what was supposed to be one of the league's top young teams.
''Any time that you take focus away from the game that's coming up, or the process of OTAs, or the process of training camp and the urgency to improve and you divide players' attention, I think it can have an effect. The biggest thing is that it affected the image of the team,'' coach Jim Schwartz said. ''That dye was cast, and it became an item with players and dealing with the media and everything else. That's the unfortunate thing - it just divided the focus of the team.''
Schwartz met with reporters for about a half-ho...
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WEIGHING ALL OPTIONS
Jim Schwartz may have signed a contract extension with the Lions this past offseason, but his postion is reportedly still going to be evaluated.
First and foremost, it means that the Detroit Lions own the fifth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, it also means that Detroit has taken a monstrous step backward in 2012. A year removed from a 10-6 season that ended in the playoffs, the Lions now find themselves drafting in an all-to-familiar position.
How did 4-12 happen? Who is to blame for the 2012 season? How...
While it’s been reported that Detroit Lions coach Jim
Schwartz could be out following the team’s disappointing season, he will be
back and there is “no merit” to the notion that the team seriously considered
letting him go, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Schwartz will
be back in 2013. The source also said that...
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Lions owners are reportedly concerned about the team’s current “culture” and will at least consider the idea of replacing Jim Schwartz in the coming days, via Adam Schefter.
An NFL executive texted Schefter following message regarding the idea: “Just heard Mort on Jim Schwartz. I believe he is right. The Fords cannot be happy...
During his end-of-year press briefing on Monday, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't comment on his own job status, but did indicate the possible return of troubled receiver Titus Young.
As the Lions finished off an extremely disappointing season following a year in which the team went to the playoffs, plenty of blame is to go around and rightly so.
Everyone from head coach Jim Schwartz to general manager Martin Mayhew deserves some share of the blame and obviously it’s going to be debated as to who exactly gets more of it.
In addition to the blame game, a common...
So apparently Lions head coach Jim Schwartz isn’t the only NFL coach that doesn’t know the rules of throwing the challenge flag and Jordy Nelson might be the smartest guy on the Packer sideline (coaches included). During the 4th quarter of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy threw a challenge [...]
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Ford family is currently reviewing the status of Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
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.
Schwartz had the Lions rolling last season, but this year has been an entirely...
Mike McCarthy very nearly Jim Schwartz’d himself by throwing a red flag to challenge a fumble. That could have been a catastrophe had McCarthy not thrown it after the officials had already decided to review it, given the inane rule the NFL has about coaches throwing a red flag before an automatic review. Nevertheless, the Packers were penalized 15 yards for the challenge flag toss...
Despite losing its last eight games and a slew of expected changes forthcoming, insider Mike Mady believes the future of the Detroit Lions remains optimistic. Comments from Jim Schwartz, Matthew Stafford and others inside.