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Jim Schwartz doesn’t consider the Lions’ season a failure


The Lions’ collapse over the last five weeks has taken them from first place to out of the playoffs, but coach Jim Schwartz doesn’t believe this season was a failure.

Asked at his press conference today about whether the Lions’ season is a failure, Schwartz said it is not.

“We didn’t make the playoffs and I think that’s obviously anybody’s goal, so we didn’t achieve that goal. But I don’t know if I’d be as strong as to call it failure,” Schwartz said. “We haven’t done a good enough job. I mean, it’s been the quintessential close but no cigar. We’ve battled every game but we’ve come up a play short consistently, whether it was a special teams play or an offensive play or a defensive play.”

When reporters pressed Schwartz on why this season isn’t a failure, Schwartz described himself as a “half-full guy” and said he’s being optimistic.

“I could get philosophical,” Schwartz said. “When I hear failure, I hear ‘abject failure,’ nothing goes right. That’s the connotation I get from it, maybe you feel different. But I don’t feel that about our team.”

Schwartz also defended his players when asked about Detroit’s turnover problems, saying that Reggie Bush wasn’t holding the ball loose when he lost a fumble in Sunday’s loss to the Giants, and that Matthew Stafford went through his progressions correctly on his interceptions on Sunday. But Schwartz did acknowledge that it was particularly tough to lose on Sunday and then see that the Bears and Packers lost as well, which means that if the Lions had won, they’d just need to beat the Vikings in Week 17 to win the NFC North.

“That made it even tougher to swallow for sure,” Schwartz said.

Asked about his own record as the team’s coach, Schwartz pointed out that he inherited a team that had just gone 0-16.

“I know where we were when I took over and I know where we are now,” Schwartz said.

Whether it’s a failure or not, the season is over for the Lions. And Schwartz may be done as their coach.

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  1. Punk says: Dec 23, 2013 1:20 PM

    There is only one NFL team each year that doesn’t see their season end in failure.

  2. 69finfan says: Dec 23, 2013 1:21 PM

    OK Jim, it wasn’t a failure but your team fell miserably short of the desired outcome and did not meet expectations. Is that better?

  3. buyamericanonly says: Dec 23, 2013 1:22 PM

    In other news, Jim Schwartz is also not scared and a very poor hand shaker

  4. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 23, 2013 1:22 PM

    “they’d just need to beat the Vikings”? I predict a Viking blowout this weekend.

  5. golions101 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:22 PM

    Why lie? You’re getting sacked anyways

  6. xlichamps says: Dec 23, 2013 1:23 PM

    Lose the Schwartz!

  7. ejmat2 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    LOL. Then what is considered a failure? They have a talented team and there is no reason for them not to make the playoffs. I would consider this a failure? The fact he’s being talked about as one of the head coaches on the hot seat, would tell me it’s a failure. I think he needs Harbaugh to slap him hard in the back again and maybe knock some sense into him.

  8. ajgreenhof says: Dec 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    Schwartz runs an undisciplined team and they won’t get much farther then just making the playoffs with him.

  9. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    They had the division. It was the Lions division. All they needed to do was beat the giants who have had their worst season since 2004! This season is a total disaster of epic proportions.

  10. jebdamone says: Dec 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    this team should be very good for how much talent they have.

  11. johngaltwho says: Dec 23, 2013 1:26 PM

    Fail·ure [feyl-yer] noun
    1. an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success: His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.
    2. nonperformance of something due, required, or expected: a failure to do what one has promised; a failure to appear.
    3. a subnormal quantity or quality; an insufficiency: the failure of crops.
    4. wholly inept mismanagement of a talented team of football players
    5. an inability to win a division decimated by injuries to the competition
    6. the head coaching efforts of one James J. Schwartz

  12. mvp43 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:26 PM

    Wow……….. and that’s exactly why he’ll lose his job.

    Not a failure Jim?

    You were in the drivers seat in a division with Aaron Rodgers (and a ton of other Packers) injured, and a Bears team also without its starting QB and other numerous injuries.

    ….. and you still missed the playoffs.

    That may be the biggest ever head scratcher in the history of organized sports. I believe Wayne Fontes could’ve pulled that one out.

  13. lions4lo says: Dec 23, 2013 1:26 PM

    Just pack your bags, Jim. You suck.
    Signed, 40 year Lions Fan.

  14. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 23, 2013 1:29 PM

    Enough of this Mickey Mouse crap! Ford Motor Co. henchmen should be at his house right now tearing down their Christmas decorations.

  15. ijahru says: Dec 23, 2013 1:30 PM

    time for a new coach. If he doesn’t consider not making the playoffs a failure then he has to go.

  16. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 23, 2013 1:30 PM

    Could he list all of the goals his team reached this year? Take out his first year with the team (2-14) and he’s still 9 games under .500.

  17. dcredz says: Dec 23, 2013 1:30 PM

    Well, most of your fans consider it a failure. So…

  18. honolulublue says: Dec 23, 2013 1:31 PM

    Sorry Schwartz, but you have to go. The icing on the cake was you snapping at the fans (who have every right to be upset) when you should have been focusing on trying to win the game.

  19. dtownsportslions says: Dec 23, 2013 1:31 PM

    Jim Schwartz is so out of touch with this city and fanbase its unreal. Lions fans dedicate a lot of their hard earned money and time off to this football team and going to the games. In a season where the Packers miss Aaron Rodgers for 7 games and you sweep Chicago and start 6-3, you’re telling me 7-9/8-8 isn’t a complete failure?????? You deserve to be fired after such a ridiculous comment.

    We love them and they never love us back.

  20. killercats465 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:31 PM

    Schwartz- just another broken down Ford product! “I wouldn’t call it a failure”… how about debacle – how does that sound Jim???

  21. patsfan1820 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:33 PM

    So losing the NFC North despite Rodgers being gone and the Bears having a backup play for the majority of the season and you don’t consider the season a failure? Wow I can’t believe this guy I hate him more than Jim Harbaugh and that’s a hard feat to accomplish.

  22. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Dec 23, 2013 1:33 PM

    Not a huge Lovie Smith fan, but he seems like an obvious fit here with their personel on defense (and his team’s typically don’t commit costly penalties!).

  23. metrocritical says: Dec 23, 2013 1:35 PM

    And that pretty much explains the origin of this team’s mentality.

  24. rg3andthensome says: Dec 23, 2013 1:35 PM


  25. bennyb82 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:38 PM

    Watch Detroit come out and play like they want to win this week…they will probably show more desperation in this game than any game yet. It makes no sense but nothing makes sense with this team.

  26. slammincamnewton says: Dec 23, 2013 1:38 PM

    Last i checked, Schwartz isnt turning the ball over. cut that overrated qb.

  27. elliottcovert says: Dec 23, 2013 1:39 PM

    The feeling isn’t mutual.

  28. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 23, 2013 1:39 PM

    If I was an OC candidate for a HC spot I’d have my agent sitting on ready for The Schwartz’s firing. To have all these weapons and lose is pathetic. Gunter needs to retire. They need a no-nonsense defensive coordinator.

  29. arnoldziffel says: Dec 23, 2013 1:40 PM

    Well of course the season wasn’t a failure … each week, Jimbo got a paycheck in the mail … and none of those checks bounced! Success! Success!!

    Congrats Lions Fans!! Break out the Bubbly …

    Time to celebrate your team’s 3rd place finish in a 4-team division!

  30. gb4mn0 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:40 PM

    On top of being arguably the most arrogant, self-aggrandized and narcissistic coach in the league, he’s obviously the most delusional!

    He’ll be HC at a division III school in 2 years.

  31. jbeagles23 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:41 PM

    The lions are not a good football team. Having one of the best wrs in recent memory hide the fact they’re missing a qb

  32. charlesanakin says: Dec 23, 2013 1:42 PM

    This is the exactly problem with Schwartz. He’s arrogant. His response should have been, “I’m totally disappointed in our season. We expected to make the playoffs and we didn’t. We improved on last year but that’s not good enough. We are a playoff team and that’s where we should be.” He has to go. The bottom line is that this team has playoff level talent and any season that they don’t make the playoffs IS a failure.

  33. fdugrad says: Dec 23, 2013 1:43 PM

    Well, including Jim’s assessment, that makes ONE person on the planet who doesn’t view the season as a failure. If this is a typical example of his assessment skills, he must assume his team is NOT a bunch of immature meatheads running amuck, shooting themselves in the foot week after week with their undisciplined behaviors that cost them dearly on AND off the field. It’s amazing how the players are such a duplicate reflection of their impulsive, loose-cannon coach. Imagine taking time to YELL at the fans WHILE the game YOU are in charge of unfolds before your BACK!!

  34. bennyb82 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:43 PM

    He should coach college because then he could get rewarded with a bowl game for being mediocre.

  35. heyguru1969 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:46 PM

    Lions fans everywhere would like to say “May the Schwartz be with you” to someone else. Anyone else. Anyone. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

  36. ronaldmexico7 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:46 PM

    The guy is a sneering arrogant punk, just like his team. Good riddance.

  37. lawyermalloy says: Dec 23, 2013 1:47 PM

    Make sure you tell that to the unemployment agent next week!

  38. citizenstrange says: Dec 23, 2013 1:47 PM

    Every team wants to win the Super Bowl but a more realistic benchmark is winning at least one playoff game.

    For the teams that play the first weekend winning one game means you at least deserve to be there and of course for the teams who have a bye in the first round nothing is worse than getting upset to go one and done.

  39. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 23, 2013 1:48 PM

    Jim is a half full guy. Half full of crap.

  40. jvw23845 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:51 PM

    Da Nile ain’t just a river in Egypt

  41. squared80 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:52 PM

    Everybody except the Lions top brass has known Schwartz is the problem for at least 2 years. The sooner they can him, the better off the entire organization will be. Guy is a loose cannon, and his inability to control himself is the biggest reason the Lions are the most undisciplined team in the NFL… and the reason for their failure once again. Awful coach.

  42. realdealsteel says: Dec 23, 2013 1:52 PM

    Swartz is a dead coach walking. My advice for him is to have his feelers get out there and get busy securing that assistant coaching position for next season right now.

    Also, have his realtor line up some serious prospects.

  43. jdtimkey says: Dec 23, 2013 1:52 PM

    Jim Schwartz needs to get canned. This team has numerous stars and there not playing up to there capabilities. Just like the Chiefs when you get a good coach with good players your records going to be alot different.

  44. packfanaj12 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    The talent is there… So I am not sure how you couldn’t see this season as a failure when the Lions melt down like this.

  45. daveyb54 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:55 PM

    Well Jim, one failure was not figuring out to run the ball on 3rd and short……..

  46. suhmonster90 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:56 PM

    Why yes Jim it was…and just like I did at Ford Field yesterday…

  47. drs76109 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:57 PM

    Yelling at fans – is that a “firing for cause” option (i.e., conduct detrimental to the team)? Sure seems to be for me, and this is not the first instance of this kind of behavior.

  48. steelerdeathstar says: Dec 23, 2013 1:57 PM

    Well, as ‘Dark Helmet’ said in ‘SPACEBALLS’…..”I see your Schwartz is as big as mine”!

  49. leylandslung says: Dec 23, 2013 1:58 PM

    It’s official. This guy is clueless.

  50. realfootballfan says: Dec 23, 2013 2:02 PM

    There’s a defensive coordinator job waiting for you in St. Louis, big guy, lol.

  51. ill42 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:03 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Schwartz was fired by the end of day

  52. sparty0n says: Dec 23, 2013 2:06 PM

    Jim Schwartz doesn’t consider the Lions’ season a failure…. which is why he should be fired!

  53. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 23, 2013 2:06 PM

    Ownership wouldn’t be so stupid as to fire him.

    He brought back some hope to some longsuffering fans. A new coaching staff and years of trying to find new players for a new system would crush fans more than the firing of good ol’ Wayne Fontes.

    It is better to have hope crushed than no hope at all.

  54. hansenbrothers says: Dec 23, 2013 2:12 PM

    Dude, you couldn’t win the division when 2 of the 3 teams in the division lost their starting QB for the year, and the third team is the Vikings. That IS the definition of failure.

  55. officialgame says: Dec 23, 2013 2:18 PM

    That statement in itself is a problem. Not exactly Vince Lombardi like.

  56. couldziggybetheansah says: Dec 23, 2013 2:20 PM

    I would rather have heard Schwartz stand there and look Lions fans in the eyes and say “yes the season was a failure “.
    At least that way he could have been honest with us as he’s walked out the door. That goes for the entire organisation.
    Lions fans can see it … why can’t Schwartz ?

  57. banvard316 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:20 PM

    Which is why he’s perfect for the Lions.

  58. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:20 PM

    Reggie Bush calls the team undisciplined this week and gets benched for the comment…not for a fumble.
    Thanks Reggie…u killed my fantasy team in the champ round. Couldnt you wait till after this week to call out Schwartz the tool?

  59. hieronymous27 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:21 PM

    Can anyone name 1 Lions HEAD COACH in the last 50 years who was fired by Detroit who then went on to become a HEAD COACH with another NFL team? I believe the answer is zero. Goes to show was a lousy track record this organization has. They select losers to coach the team and it filters down to the product on the field. Garbage In – Garbage Out.

  60. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 23, 2013 2:21 PM

    I kind of empathize, in my own distant way, with the perennial losers in Detroit. I am a true sconnie.

  61. tigersfandan says: Dec 23, 2013 2:24 PM

    Well, I disagree.

  62. brok4life says: Dec 23, 2013 2:25 PM

    Well let me say this, considering he’s trying to keep his job, why would he say this season is a failure? Of course he has to say that. I mean this guys bringing up the 0-16 season for god sakes! Is that suppose to make fans be like oh yeah Jim you have made a difference. This is a joke by all regards he needs to go already. Any coach that is half way decent would have done better than 0-16 so to bring it up is just foolish. But like I said he’s gotta try and get supporters

  63. doctorart2013 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:35 PM

    There’s a good chance after Schwartz gets canned a day after the season he’ll have a different opinion…Ya Think!!

  64. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 23, 2013 2:37 PM

    For those not versed in Lions football, you’d think that the Lions would just lose again this Sunday in Minnesota. On the surface it makes sense, they can’t win a game now so Minnesota will beat them too. But you see, the only benefit the Lions have left to gain is to lose in Minnesota and improve their draft pick status. That is exactly the reason that Detroit will crush Minnesota this weekend. The Lions screw up everything, not just the playoffs. They’ll smoke Minnesota and lose however many draft slots in the process. Then they’ll say they were 8-8 and way better than last year. This has been going on for decades, and it won’t stop this Sunday.

  65. tinbender2000 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:50 PM

    A clear cut case of Jerrah’s syndrome. Someday they may find a cure.

  66. dubblelznhell says: Dec 23, 2013 2:52 PM

    Maybe if Schwartz was more critical of Stafford, instead of continually insisting that he does things right despite his poor numbers the last 6 games….maybe the lions could’ve won a couple more games

  67. rabidboy says: Dec 23, 2013 2:55 PM

    With that much talent on the offense and great DL, the Lions should have finished atleast 10-6.

    Dunno, I guess us stupid football fans don’t know how to measure success and failure in the NFL.

  68. thatmulekicks says: Dec 23, 2013 3:04 PM

    Out to lunch. Further proof that he is totally disengaged from his team and the reality of what success looks like.

    Next thing to follow will be Megatron wanting out of Detroit. He is wasting his time.

    Between this bonehead and Stafford’s turnover tendencies, they would be wise to move CJ before and cash in with some draft picks. He must be worth at least two firsts.

  69. nwest20 says: Dec 23, 2013 3:05 PM

    Why is he still employed?

  70. favrelous says: Dec 23, 2013 3:08 PM

    Bingo, we figured out the problem.

  71. jonsilver1947 says: Dec 23, 2013 3:20 PM

    “Can anyone name 1 Lions HEAD COACH in the last 50 years who was fired by Detroit who then went on to become a HEAD COACH with another NFL team? …They select losers to coach the team and it filters down to the product on the field. ”

    This is rewriting history, plus hindsight. Several of the former Lions HCs went back to being coordinators/unit coaches (Morninweg, Marinelli) and have done well, as they did before, which is why they were given a shot at HC. The Lions have hired top AC’s (those two plus Mariucci, Jauron, and yes, Schwartz) to be head coaches, but they turned out to not be successful as HCs. Millen was a major blight on the organization, perhaps the least successful/most incompetent front office in the last 30 years.

  72. whatjusthapped says: Dec 23, 2013 3:24 PM

    In the perfect world, the Lions would fire Schwartz and the Vikings would immediately hire him. Big loser of a coach working for a loser franchise, a match made in heaven.

  73. dcstinks says: Dec 23, 2013 3:30 PM

    Neither do the other teams that dont make the playoffs!

  74. patsfan92 says: Dec 23, 2013 3:31 PM

    this this guy is clueless lol

  75. tformation says: Dec 23, 2013 3:33 PM

    My original call after the Lions beat the Bears the first time, is that the Lions would knock the Bears out of playoff contention before the season ended. I was very surprised to see that Schwarz & friends did not pull that off with all the opportunities they had to do so.

    Probably time for Schwarz to go. That stretch of losses toward the end of the season is just unforgivable.

    I hear a man named “Lovie Smith” is looking to coach again…

  76. toybkshr says: Dec 23, 2013 3:38 PM

    LMAO!! Not a failure?? 6W &3L with the starting QB’s of Div opponents out with injury to already out of the playoffs is not a failure? Talk about cluless.

  77. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 23, 2013 3:38 PM

    Not to rub dirt….but the second Reggie Bush was signed…myself and I guarantee a whole mess of fans from other teams in the NFC-N were crapping bricks when the season started thinking the Lions were far and away the team to beat. Cutler goes down, Rodgers goes down, the Vikings were playing musical QB’s and dealing with injuries and the Lions without a doubt should have ran away with this division.

    If he’s NOT the first HC let go next Sunday afternoon, I’ll be shocked more than I was at the Lions 2013 outcome.

  78. imthedudedude says: Dec 23, 2013 3:44 PM

    Well, Jim, I got news for ya. It was.

  79. gavriloprincip33 says: Dec 23, 2013 3:50 PM

    No, of course not…

    Delusional and soon to be unemployed!

  80. coachkilla6 says: Dec 23, 2013 3:55 PM

    Completely agree. The Kittens went 3-1 vs Chicago and Green Bay this season. Sadly, that’s all Detroit and Minnesota can ever judge their seasons. Since they rarely make the playoffs, they base their level of success by how they competed against the 2 perennial NFCN champions. When Chicago loses on Sunday, they’ll also find themselves in this same sad category.

  81. gosfvr says: Dec 23, 2013 4:03 PM

    I considered this statement very seriously, still couldn’t come up with any explanation.
    If Schwartz truly believes what he said, he needs to quit.
    Hugely talented, yet underachieving team. I’d love to have Megatron on the niners, the niner passing game would be unstoppable.

  82. holdsteady76 says: Dec 23, 2013 4:05 PM

    This franchise is hilarious. Poor Lions fans.

    Every team in NFC North did all they could to leave the door wide open for the Lions to finally win the division. Schwartz deserves to be fired. This season is unequivocally a failure.

  83. flickaboogie says: Dec 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    Schwartz isn’t going anywhere as long as the Lions have to pay him 12 million for 2 more years.

  84. dougydougdoug says: Dec 23, 2013 4:11 PM

    We will hear these exact same lines from Jason Garrett next Monday, after Dallas blows the final game of the year and misses the playoffs.

  85. saxguru says: Dec 23, 2013 4:12 PM

    Jim, don’t listen to the haters. Your season was a complete and unbridled success.

    Packer Fan

  86. lionsfaninthe505 says: Dec 23, 2013 4:13 PM

    Reminds me of when Singletary was coaching the Niners and they were mediocre and their own worst enemy. Amazing what Harbaugh was able to do with most of the same talent.

  87. mnlogic says: Dec 23, 2013 4:18 PM

    Schwartz has acted like a child with his actions over the years, which has filtered down to his players. As a Viking fan, I say give him an extension.

  88. buyamericanonly says: Dec 23, 2013 4:45 PM

    The Lions Gm Martin Mayhew Needs to go also. He has been here since the Matt Millen era and until this last draft when Brian Xander came in he was clueless in drafting any talent beyond the first round. Time to clean house

  89. audioflint says: Dec 23, 2013 4:59 PM

    Here’s my humble and soft-spoken thoughts…

    Though Schwartz could be fired for the team’s meltdown, I don’t think he should be.

    Here’s why:

    1) Rebuilding blows.

    By no means should this team be in a rebuilding mode with the talent they have. Scrapping the coach usually means scrapping the scheme, which also usually means finding new players. Why do that when they don’t need new players? They may need more depth, and a new player or two, but that’s about it.

    When has firing a Lions coach ever worked out for Detroit? In my opinion, Schwartz and Mayhew have built a winning team with players who aren’t accustomed to winning. Give ’em another year or two and I think this team goes deep in the playoffs. After all, what do they have to lose? They have sucked for decades. What’s another year or two risk? I’d rather ride that out than another 0-16, 1-15, or 2-14 season.

    2) Be careful what you wish for.

    Keep in mind that they had a chance to win every game this year, and also had a lead in every game. A play here or there and they are 15-0 right now. Though it could be the coach’s fault that they aren’t, I’d much rather bank on a coach who put them in position to be 16-0 but needs to correct some things than another hopeful savior.

    Again, just my humble opinion.

  90. joerevs300 says: Dec 23, 2013 5:03 PM

    So…the Lions haven’t won the division since it was the NFC Central, simply needed to win 4 of their remaining 6 games to do so, with the Packers and Bears both down to their 2nd string QB and the Vikings irrelevant, they meltdown in typical Lions fashion, and it’s NOT a failure?

    But hey, maybe Jim Schwartz is a Thomas Edison fan. Only he won’t even get 1 more season to overcome his failure, unlike Edison.

  91. mogogo1 says: Dec 23, 2013 5:23 PM

    In a weakened division where EVERY other starting QB except his own missed long stretches, he still couldn’t win the division despite having the best talent. If that isn’t failure, then what is?

  92. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 23, 2013 5:37 PM

    This guy still has a job?

  93. irishnativeson says: Dec 23, 2013 6:13 PM

    Sounds like he needs the perspective of the unemployment line.

  94. kev86 says: Dec 23, 2013 6:14 PM

    Underachievers works

  95. rextraordinaire says: Dec 23, 2013 6:29 PM

    For goodness sake, the Lions were practically handed the division title on a silver platter.

    Rogers is still out, Cutler is healthy but playing hit-or-miss football and neither defense knows how to tackle. The door was wide open, all they had to do was walk in.

  96. gbpackers67 says: Dec 23, 2013 6:34 PM

    I have noticed alot of (1) Thumbs down does anybody else think that Schwartz is having these remarks read to him? th one opinion defending him had no thumbs down?

  97. gbpackers67 says: Dec 23, 2013 6:39 PM

    How about Tom Coughlin if he becomes available?

  98. isthereanyusernamesleft says: Dec 23, 2013 6:40 PM

    I do

  99. waynefontes says: Dec 23, 2013 6:52 PM

    He’s no Wayne Fontes…

  100. bigwalt2990 says: Dec 23, 2013 7:01 PM

    When you play poorly for 60 minutes, yes you get beat by 1 or 2 plays. It’s a miracle we were even in some of those games.

  101. chester90808 says: Dec 23, 2013 7:02 PM

    Fire the coach -while you’re at it fire the whole secondary –

  102. mrznyc says: Dec 23, 2013 7:06 PM

    Either New York team would kill for that roster.

  103. kwjsb says: Dec 23, 2013 7:09 PM

    Coach Schwartz …..
    If you like your job …. you can keep it …

  104. rcali says: Dec 23, 2013 7:30 PM

    Nope. His QB is a failure.

  105. isphet71 says: Dec 23, 2013 7:41 PM

    Ugh… please stop talking to this guy. As a Lions fan, This is by far the third most disgusting Lions season ever.

    First was the 0-16 season.

    Second was the year Bobby Ross scared Barry into retirement.

    I seriously hope the Lions can get a no-nonsense coach like a Coughlin or a Cowher to hold these guys accountable. So much talent, it’s got to be a HC job that guys would love to have.

  106. vltrophy14 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:56 PM

    With that attitude of thinking this season was not a failure he has low standards & low standards isn’t what I would want if I was the owner. I guess Schwartz doesn’t think he’s going to be fired either. That’s pretty pathetic when the lions can’t win their div & Rodgers misses 7 weeks almost 1/2 the season & Cutler misses 5 games. Lions had their best chance this year to win the div. Lions organization as a whole is a failure. You would think Mr. Ford w/all his money would hire a decent coach to help his team not suck so much & get more talent out of his players

  107. walkers8484 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:43 PM

    Schwartz is a good coordinator, but a terrible head coach. And all Stafford has is a big arm. I feel sorry for megatron, a once in a generation talent wasted playing for the Lions…ugh

  108. TheDPR says: Dec 23, 2013 11:41 PM

    If a coach’s goal is simply to make the playoffs, he’s a failure before he starts. Every team, coach, and player’s goal should be winning the Super Bowl. Always.

  109. kareemjohns33 says: Dec 24, 2013 4:17 AM

    Matthew Stafford and Schwartz need to go

  110. warhammer420 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:10 AM

    Schwartz needs to be fired.

  111. audioflint says: Dec 24, 2013 12:07 PM

    For everyone asking for Stafford’s release papers, who is your replacement for him? The guy has stomped nearly every record in Lions history, and has stats that are comparable to Brees and Manning…plus he’s almost a decade younger than them. Dumping Stafford means decades long searches for his replacement again.

  112. warhammer420 says: Dec 24, 2013 12:41 PM

    LOL @ those suggesting Stafford needs to go. Tell me who you’re gonna replace him with? With proper coaching and improved mechanics, Stafford can be elite. He already has the strongest arm in the league.

  113. lgwelsh1 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:02 PM

    The Lions are one Coach away from a perennial playoff team. It’s all there. The phones will be lit up when Schwartz get’s the ax on Monday.

  114. 97mphched says: Dec 25, 2013 5:57 AM

    I’m soo pissed right now!
    Schwartz will run down harbaugh for slapping him in the back after squeezing a win out on a 4th and fluke and killing our RBs career, but he won’t yell at a ref after years of some of the worst officiating I’ve ever seen! (Just yell at fans for booing)
    Maybe Schwartz should take a page out of harbaugh’s book and do a little more “head coaching” on the side lines instead of standing there trying to look cool. HCs should argue with refs wisely (not cursing uncontrollably like idiot marinelli) and call timeouts, red flag, and keep his team from “lionizing*” . Schwartz did NONE of those well. Sad thing is, I bet he will realize it later in life, that he should have spoken up, he should have taken a stand, he should have done something different. Like WIN. Coach to win!!! Damnit!!! If I have to hear him barely mumble about how a penalty cost us a first down or touch down and about him writing a complaint to the league office on Monday again, I’ll friggin snap. YOU BLEW IT JIM. You didn’t coach to win. You coached “not to lose” you failed Detroit. Again. You coached “not to get fined” by not calling those horse sh11 refs out and saved your money and didn’t donate to an NFL charity. Congrats Jim, you know it all. You’re right again Jim. You know buddy. Thanks for playing. Thanks for losing the easiest chance a team ever had to win a division in the history of football. Thanks for knowing so much about coaching that you forgot the basic element of sports. Fighting for a cause. Fighting for a win. I’ll take either harbaugh over this Maryland bum any day. They are both michigan men and they fight. Oh and they win jim.. They win. Take your door prize. 12 million of ’em. You stink like bum’s feet.

  115. miguel3557 says: Dec 26, 2013 7:42 PM

    I’m guessing the Lions’ owner won’t be quite as sanguinary. I knew this guy was different by his reaction to Harbaugh’s slap on the back/short handshake. What a weenie he looked like running aside Harbaugh off the field, whining at Harbaugh. He seemed incapable of getting it through Suh’s head that football is not about stomping an opponent when’s he’s down, he seems incapable of changing Stafford’s understanding that throwing the ball is sometimes unwise unless it’s directed out-of-bounds, and he has failed to capitalize on one of the best players in the game during his prime. In short, as a head coach, he has wasted the chance to mold great individual ballplayers into a cohesive unit called a great team. He’s a loser, and he’ll soon be gone.

  116. buzzponti says: Dec 26, 2013 9:41 PM

    why is he even a coach if he doesn’t mind losing?
    ok guys, lets get out there and don’t worry if we lose….it’ll be ok, we’ll still go out for ice cream after the game.

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