ALLEN PARK, Mich. Jim Schwartz had taken the Detroit Lions franchise from the laughingstock of the NFL 0-16 in 2008, the season before he became coach to 10 wins and the playoffs in just three years.
There was steady progress, legitimate optimism and growing expectations, leading to what seemed to be a well-deserved contract extension.
That was a year ago. The mood is considerably different these days, at least on the outside, as the Lions begin practice Friday afternoon.
Coming off a dreadful 4-12 season, the pressure is on Schwartz to win now or probably get fired.
The Lions will have an eight-game losing streak hanging over them heading into the new season.
A lot of lessons you can only learn through experience, Schwartz said Thursday during a news conference to open training camp. That was a tough experience. I think it was humbling for me personally. I think it was humbling for the team.
It takes a lot to humble Schwartz, but three years of progress were wiped out by o...