There’s nothing like the smell of ESPN-on-ESPN crime in the morning.
Last Saturday, Adam Schefter reported that Lions coach Jim Schwartz is safe for 2013, thanks to a contract extension that covers Schwartz through 2015.
On Sunday, Schefter’s on-air cohort reported that the Lions have had internal discussions about paying the buyout and moving on from Schwartz. According to Chris Mortensen, the Ford family is troubled by the culture of the team, which featured more than a few off-field incidents in 2012 and only a few victories.
The possibility that Schwartz could be fired speaks to real friction between Schwartz and G.M. Martin Mayhew, who built the roster about which the Fords reportedly have concerns.
Despite last year’s playoff appearance, the Lions have reverted to their four-win form. With major cap challenges looming, changes of some kind are needed. And Mort’s report could be proof that, during a postseason that likely will include half of the NFC North in the six-team conference field, the main event in Motown could be Schwartz vs. Mayhew.
And maybe the loser really will be the winner, since whoever goes will not only get paid not to work, but also will avoid having to clean up a franchise that quickly has become a mess, again.