If the premonitions of a few national NFL writers end up being true, Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz could be in bad need of a winning season, given he's likely skating on very thin ice with management this fall.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports recently ranked the head coaches of all 32 NFL teams and dropped a few usual bombshells regarding Detroit's coach. Schwartz ranked 21st on his list, and Prisco says 22-42 in four seasons isn't good enough, also saying that a defensive coach should be maintaining a much better defense.
Prisco also adds additional fuel to the fire, hinting again at possible, rumored organizational tension between Schwartz and Martin Mayhew, noting in that scenario, one will likely have to be fired if Detroit sustains another failed season in which expectations were much higher.
As Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press points out, unlike Mayhew, nothing can shed a clear light on the job security of Schwartz. ESPN had reported in December that the Ford family was interested in firing the Lions' on-field boss, due in part to image problems the franchise sustained during the team's reckless 2012 offseason. Mayhew, on the other hand, has generated praise from the Ford's for his work reshaping the roster.
Nothing cures the chosen media ill of the day, of course, quite like winning does. If Schwartz goes out and executes a quality return to the playoffs in 2013, it's tough to imagine him not finishing out the contract he extended last year through 2015, unless the Ford's suddenly get serious about seeing multiple playoff wins appear on the ledger.
Until consistent winning of any kind appears, though, Prisco and others will likely continue to be critical of Schwartz's performance. The coach would likely admit that's just a part of his job. Regardless, the heat on Schwartz to win in 2013 now seems to burn as warm as the scorching July sun in Michigan.
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