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Detroit Lions Fire Head Coach Jim Schwartz After Five Years

December 30th, 2013 at 3:36 PM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Lions made what was long expected official on Monday afternoon, firing their head coach Jim Schwartz after five seasons and a dismal 29-51 record.

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After a lengthy morning meeting with plenty of uncertainty swirling, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Schwartz was let go just before noon. Though he took over a roster which had gone 0-16 in 2008, Schwartz had a difficult time establishing consistency in Allen Park. The Lions only made one playoff appearance in Schwartz's tenure, and they lost that game in big fashion. Also leaving town are offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and tight ends coach Tim Lappano. Detroit's other assistants remained under contract.

At a later press conference, Lions' president Tom Lewand called the Lions' head coaching position one of the most attractive jobs available, and emphasized the Ford family wanted to bring a winning football team to Detroit immediately, noting that ownership had grown frustrated with the team's losing ways and recent collapses down the stretch.

General manager Martin Mayhew, rumored as being on the chopping block as well, survived the purge, and commented that the Lions would like to hire someone with head coaching experience, but experience would not be paramount. Lewan went on to say that discussions had already started with agents about replacements after Schwartz had been relieved of his duties, proving the attractiveness of the job.

Lewand commented the goal wasn't to win the next press conference, but win a championship in 2014 and set the team up for success on the field. Mayhew finished commentary by saying that regardless of scheme, the next coach has to be a leader, presumably one who commands respect.

Detroit's search for a new boss has only just begun. Lions 101 will keep fans up to date with the latest news, commentary and analysis on the search as it becomes available.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Jim Schwartz, Martin Mayhew, NFL, Scott Linehan, Tom Lewand

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