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Ford praises Mayhew, but mum on Schwartz future

Rick Snyder, Bill Ford Jr., Jim Schwartz AP

Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. said he liked the direction of his team, and praised General Manager Martin Mayhew, but didn’t want to get into a discussion about the future of coach Jim Schwartz.

Ford talked to reporters for the first time in a year, and admitted the growing pains that have come under Schwartz, who has one winning season in four years on the job.

“I think Jim would be the first to admit that there have been times where he’s learned on the job,” Ford said, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “But I think he’s a very, very good coach.”

Asked later whether it was crucial for Schwartz to have a good year, Ford replied: “I’m not going to address that at this point.”

Ford also said “I very much like the talent and the coaching staff we have together.”

While I suppose it’s not as bad as having your authority stripped away by the owner, it’s hardly a ringing endorsement for Schwartz, who is 22-42 as a head coach.

Ford was effusive about the work Mayhew has done over the same span, however.

“I think Martin has done a terrific job of building a very professional front office, and I do like the direction,” Ford said. “I think the addition of [senior personnel executive] Brian Xanders has been an important one for us, and I like the new coaches we have as well. . . .

“It’s very early, but I certainly like the talent on the team. I think Martin has done a great job of getting the roster — we have a lot more depth than we did going into prior seasons. I think the chemistry seems very good.”

The Lions have been aggressive this offseason, landing Reggie Bush to go with an offense that has high expectations and no excuses.

But if that doesn’t translate on the field, there could be more questions about the future of the guys who put the team together and/or coach it.

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24 Responses to “Ford praises Mayhew, but mum on Schwartz future”
  1. trollingforjustice says: Jun 4, 2013 2:37 PM

    ”May the Schwartz be with you”

  2. explosionsauce says: Jun 4, 2013 2:41 PM

    Translation: I like the talent and the team, if we aren’t back in the playoffs this year I’ll be looking for a new head coach.

    May the Schwartz be with you!

  3. polegojim says: Jun 4, 2013 2:45 PM

    The Lions are WASTING years with Schwartz as head coach…. WASTING them like they’re a commodity.

    They’re NOT… WASTED years can’t be recovered!

    There is ALWAYS a shelf life on a team, it’s players, certain lines and combo’s. One year of injuries can CHANGE EVERYTHING!!!

    STOP WASTING the product Mr Ford and Mr. Mayhew… before opportunity passes you by.

  4. gbmickey says: Jun 4, 2013 2:47 PM

    Isn’t Mayhew the one responsible for bringing in all the high character players? Interesting to see the look the other way mentality goes all the way to the top.

  5. unbiasfan says: Jun 4, 2013 2:47 PM

    Jim Schwartz future career is to be a prison guard, he learned how to deal with convicts while coaching the Lions

  6. lions81slappy says: Jun 4, 2013 2:50 PM

    translation: if the lions suck this year schwartz will b gone but mayhew Will be here until they can’t sell tickets just like millen.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 4, 2013 2:54 PM

    Maybe the Schwartz won’t be with you.

  8. hatesycophants says: Jun 4, 2013 2:55 PM

    “I very much like the talent and the coaching staff we have together. ”

    So, either you don’t know what “mum” means or you’re not very bright.

  9. whooligun says: Jun 4, 2013 3:02 PM

    Fire Schwartz

  10. lks311 says: Jun 4, 2013 3:03 PM

    An unbiased view of this is that Mayhew missed badly on Titus Young…and that in itself is an understatement. Also, LeShoure has to show something this year or 2011 will only have Nick Fairley to show for it. But, Mayhew has done a fine job of turning late round picks into veteran starters and while people will say hitting on the high picks is a no brainer, tell that to Raiders fans who lived through the JaMarcus Russell debacle—so, a B- is a fair grade of turning the roster around…which may be how Ford is looking at it, as well.

    On the other hand, Schwartz has had one good year—record wise. But, he has had way more on field attention than a coach with his record should (Harbaugh, FlagGate, etc.). He also, has not done a great job of making half-time adjustments AND late in the year, when a team out of contention should be looking at rookies and young players to determine their scheme fit, he stubbornly stayed with Vets who are now no longer with the organization. So, yeah, he probably should be on The Seat.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 4, 2013 3:04 PM

    This is really sad when the Owner is so blind as to how poor his GM has been performing. There is no justice here in Detroit when it comes to football.

  12. broccolilava says: Jun 4, 2013 3:06 PM

    I think last year was a blip. The team was riddled with injuries and struggled the whole season because if it.
    Schwartz is a good coach and he has brought in a lot of talented assistants this off-season. He has made mistakes, but he has also developed a good work ethic and a desire to win in Detroit. He always supports his players and I think he puts them in a position to win every week.
    2013 will be a good year to be a Lions fan and a bad year to be a hater.

  13. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jun 4, 2013 3:20 PM

    But who would all you little haters have to hate on if Schwartz got fired?
    I guarantee that the Lions will be back in the playoffs this year and that his job will be safe.

  14. fievel03 says: Jun 4, 2013 3:21 PM

    “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.” P. Townshend

  15. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jun 4, 2013 3:27 PM

    lks311 says:
    Jun 4, 2013 3:03 PM
    An unbiased view of this is that Mayhew missed badly on Titus Young…and that in itself is an understatement. Also, LeShoure has to show something this year or 2011 will only have Nick Fairley to show for it. But, Mayhew has done a fine job of turning late round picks into veteran starters and while people will say hitting on the high picks is a no brainer, tell that to Raiders fans who lived through the JaMarcus Russell debacle—so, a B- is a fair grade of turning the roster around…which may be how Ford is looking at it, as well.

    On the other hand, Schwartz has had one good year—record wise. But, he has had way more on field attention than a coach with his record should (Harbaugh, FlagGate, etc.). He also, has not done a great job of making half-time adjustments AND late in the year, when a team out of contention should be looking at rookies and young players to determine their scheme fit, he stubbornly stayed with Vets who are now no longer with the organization. So, yeah, he probably should be on The Seat.

    FlagGate? Really??? Do you know that the Watergate scandal was called such because it involved people breaking into the Watergate hotel? Never mind that this incident didn’t rise to the level of being a scandal anyway. Why do people think it’s okay to simply add the suffix gate to any word and use the word to describe something they find scandalous?

  16. mack2x says: Jun 4, 2013 3:27 PM

    lks311 says: Mayhew has done a fine job of turning late round picks into veteran starters..

    Really? name 3.

  17. erikd55 says: Jun 4, 2013 4:38 PM

    Every coach in the NFL who has a losing record is on the Hot Seat. Schwartz is on the hot seat because he has one winning season in 4 years. In fact that winning season was followed by a very very poor performance. Why would Ford say anything about the coach? If the owner comes out and says “coach is gonna get fired if we go 8-8.” Then he undermines the posistion of his GM. It seems to me that Ford understands the importance of organizational integrity. He hired a GM top do a Job and he is going to let him do it. EHEMM! Something Jerry Jones could probably put in his tool belt.

  18. mintberrycrunch1 says: Jun 4, 2013 4:39 PM

    @mack2x

    1. Chris Houston
    2. Rob Sims
    3. Corey Williams

  19. erikd55 says: Jun 4, 2013 4:40 PM

    I think it was his way of saying “hey coach, we got the roster, weve spent the money…win or go home”

  20. metrocritical says: Jun 4, 2013 4:52 PM

    This situation does not warrant ringing endorsements for anyone. Mayhew’s record is equally atrocious and it’s not like he handed Schwartz fillet mignon on a silver platter and got back excrement sandwiches on a paper towel in return. The two of them are complicit in this messy concoction and if they don’t figure out how to make their dish palatable this year, ownership will need to show them the door and start over. Again.

  21. gbmickey says: Jun 4, 2013 5:04 PM

    Corey Williams is one of the 3? Hewas a Packer draft pick. All i can say is wow.

  22. suhbeats says: Jun 4, 2013 8:03 PM

    Chris Houston was drafted by the falcons, Rob Sims was drafted by the Seahawks, and Corey Williams was drafted by the Packers. Mayhew traded for all these players, he didn’t draft them in the late rounds get your facts straight before you comment.

  23. smstonerock says: Jun 4, 2013 10:07 PM

    He’s saying that Mayhew traded late round picks for those players who turned out to be very solid starters for us.

  24. smstonerock says: Jun 4, 2013 10:08 PM

    Communication people. Communication.

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