Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh knows that coach Jim Schwartz is in danger of being fired as the Lions’ late-season slide has moved them from favorites to long shots in the NFC North. And Suh is still hoping he can help Schwartz save his job.
“Am I playing for Jim’s job?” Suh said, via FOXSportsDetroit.com. “I think that’s a part in it. Everybody wants to win. Owners expect winning. I don’t want that coach to go anywhere. I love his scheme.”
Whether the players want to keep playing for Schwartz or not, the fact is that their play hasn’t inspired much confidence in Schwartz’s ability to get the most out of them. Suh knows that losing the division lead hurt Schwartz’s chances of keeping his job.
“We’ve let go of an opportunity to put these other teams away,” Suh said. “We opened the door back for them. We still have an opportunity to take care of business. It’s most important that we do our part or none of it matters. That’s what we’ve yet to do to this point is do our part, close the door. We’ve let a bunch of ants in the house. Now you’ve got to go get an exterminator to get them out.”
At this point, even if the Lions win their last two games, the exterminator may be coming to get Schwartz out at the end of the season.