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Schwartz not talking about expiring contract

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On the field, the Lions eventually will have to find a way to extend the pre-rookie wage scale contracts of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and quarterback Matthew Stafford.  Off the field, they need to extend the contract of the man who has had a key role in turning around the team’s on-field product.

Coach Jim Schwartz is entering the final year of his contract.  But, as Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports, Schwartz wouldn’t provide an update on the situation.

Why not?  “I don’t talk about my contract, that’s why,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz was then asked whether a new contract was completed.  “I don’t talk about my contract,” he reiterated.

Few head coaches become free agents the way players do, deliberately finishing out their contracts and then taking a new job with another team.  The risk in that situation is significant; there’s a chance no other team will want the head coach.  That risk becomes even greater in light of the reality that “lame duck” coaches have a harder time getting the most out of the locker room, making it harder to end the contract on a high note.

Chances are, then, that Schwartz will get a new deal.  Unless he wants to go to a team that would pay him a lot more money — and unless he’s damn confident that such an opportunity will be there come January 2013.

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22 Responses to “Schwartz not talking about expiring contract”
  1. bucks12965 says: May 14, 2012 5:46 AM

    Tom Coughlin was a lame duck. He did OK.

  2. Neftali Ramos says: May 14, 2012 6:03 AM

    The Lions would be stupid not to give this man a new contract. He’s turned the Lions into a contender for the first time in decades.

  3. redsolocupdude says: May 14, 2012 6:17 AM

    I don’t want to talk about this story

  4. drekomp says: May 14, 2012 6:41 AM

    I’d take this guy in a minute.

  5. pftcensorssuck says: May 14, 2012 7:01 AM

    Gotta be a team out there that appreciates a classless coach who teaches teams how to play dirty.

    Right?

  6. randallflagg52 says: May 14, 2012 8:40 AM

    Lets just hope the deal isn’t sealed with a handshake.

  7. nflfollower says: May 14, 2012 8:42 AM

    Schwartz did ok, but let’s consider one fact. There are plenty of other coaches who could have taken that Lions team to the playoffs.

  8. souldogdave says: May 14, 2012 8:48 AM

    He got skunked and shown up by a 1st year coach. He could be on shaky ground if they don’t make the playoffs.

  9. 9ty9 says: May 14, 2012 8:54 AM

    “I don’t want to talk about this story.”

    Apparently you do.

  10. underrated49ers says: May 14, 2012 9:31 AM

    As a 49er fan, I would not want to have Jim Schwartz as our head coach.

  11. mjkelly77 says: May 14, 2012 9:37 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:May 14, 2012 7:01 AM

    Gotta be a team out there that appreciates a classless coach who teaches teams how to play dirty.

    Right?
    _____________________

    Are you talking about Mike McCarthy or Sean Payton?

    Schwartz isn’t leaving the Lions. Too many Super Bowls with that team remain to be played and won.

  12. ike1973 says: May 14, 2012 9:45 AM

    Gotta be a team out there that appreciates a classless coach who teaches teams how to play dirty.

    Right?

    ———————————————————-

    Must be a saints or 9′ers fan.

  13. pacificamjr says: May 14, 2012 9:46 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:
    May 14, 2012 7:01 AM
    Gotta be a team out there that appreciates a classless coach who teaches teams how to play dirty.

    Right?
    =================================
    yes, theres several teams that would sign sean payton or jim harbaugh in a second!

  14. mjkelly77 says: May 14, 2012 9:50 AM

    underrated49ers says:May 14, 2012 9:31 AM

    As a 49er fan, I would not want to have Jim Schwartz as our head coach.
    ________________

    We know. You have a man crush on Hairbow the Back Puncher. At least until he goes 8-8 this year.

  15. realitypolice says: May 14, 2012 10:04 AM

    9ty9 says:
    May 14, 2012 8:54 AM
    “I don’t want to talk about this story.”

    Apparently you do.
    ====================

    He was making a joke based upon Schwartz’s comments.

    God, lighten up.

  16. achamarro1 says: May 14, 2012 10:07 AM

    For all you talking crap about “the handshake” schwarts wasnt mad about that it was whatever harbaugh said after that that got jimbo fired up. Some say harbaugh mafe a slight about the lions players and schwarts is a mans man and aint taking sh!t from noone. He will get extended no worries

  17. cubano76 says: May 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    Why you communist propaganda spreading, no good censoring rat bastards!

    Oh yeah, give the man his contract!

  18. beedubyatoo says: May 14, 2012 11:16 AM

    “Are you talking about Mike McCarthy or Sean Payton?”
    —————————–
    How did Mike Mc Carthy get involved in this conversation.?

    The only thing he did wrong to the Lions, other than beat them rwice last season, is encourage his offensive lineman to lay on the ground right under Suh’s foot. The nerve.

  19. randylaheytpb says: May 14, 2012 11:36 AM

    bucks12965 says:
    May 14, 2012 5:46 AM
    Tom Coughlin was a lame duck. He did OK.

    _________________________

    No, Tom Coughlin signed a 1 year extension to take him through the end of the 2012 season on July 24, 2011. So, I suppose he was a lame duck coach for the 2011 season up until July 24…

  20. tennesseeoilers says: May 14, 2012 11:39 AM

    Let’s see, the Detroit Lions and their fans had to go through Bobby Ross, Gary Moeller, Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Mariucci, Dick Jauron and Rod Marinelli before they found a coach that turn that franchise into winners. So um, yes, Schwartz will not only be resigned, he’ll become one of the highest paid coaches in the NFL.

  21. mjkelly77 says: May 14, 2012 12:04 PM

    tennesseeoilers says:May 14, 2012 11:39 AM

    Let’s see, the Detroit Lions and their fans had to go through Bobby Ross, Gary Moeller, Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Mariucci, Dick Jauron and Rod Marinelli before they found a coach that turn that franchise into winners. So um, yes, Schwartz will not only be resigned, he’ll become one of the highest paid coaches in the NFL.
    ______________________

    However, the one thread through the majority of these guys was that a$$ clown, Mutt Millen. He stole big money under false pretenses from Mr. Ford. His ruination of the franchise resulted in the only 0-16 ever recorded. It’s only now that Mayhew and Schwartz through hard work and ability have finally turned around the remnants of Millen’s ineptitude.

  22. lorddarkhelmet says: May 14, 2012 12:23 PM

    For all we know he has already signed an extension. Neither he nor Mayhew are the type to talk about this unless it were required, just like Belechick in NE

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