ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from 10-6 in 2010 to 4-12 last season. It got coach Raheem Morris fired.
The Detroit Lions were 10-6 last year and are two more losses from also finishing 4-12. Will that get Jim Schwartz canned?
In this day and age, whenever a team fails to live up to expectations, the demand for a coaching change is inevitable.
Sometimes its justified, other times an overreaction.
If you only base Schwartzs future with the Lions on the past 11-plus months, theres no disputing there are reasons to make a change.
But thats being shortsighted. Thats dismissing what Schwartz accomplished in his first three years under extremely extenuating circumstances. The man did the unthinkable, taking the 0-16 team from 2008 that he inherited to 10 wins and the playoffs last season.
The remarkable turnaround shouldnt be overlooked if hes going to be evaluated fairly and accurately. He brought this franchise back from the absolute bottom and restored respect...