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Jim Schwartz is done after five years as the head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Schwartz was fired this morning, after the team finished its once-promising season a disappointing 7-9, as first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN and later announced by the team.

The Schwartz era was marked by a return to the playoffs in 2011 following the disaster that was the Matt Millen era. For turning a team that had been 0-16 before he arrived into a playoff team, Schwartz deserves some credit.

But Schwartz also deserves a lot of blame for the fact that his team was always undisciplined and error-prone, and for the fact that the Lions had a golden opportunity to win the NFC North this season, only to fall into third place with a late-season collapse.

Now the Lions will begin the search for a head coach who can take a roster that has talented recent first-round picks including Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Ziggy Ansah, and turn that talent into a winning team. That was a task that Schwartz couldn’t manage.

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  1. bucrightoff says: Dec 30, 2013 12:03 PM

    I’m sure he’ll have no problem finding work as a head coach again…

  2. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 30, 2013 12:03 PM

    Lovie Smith – please! And a qb-oriented OC.

  3. garyman1 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:04 PM

    As a Packer fan…. this is a sad day

  4. chemebiker says: Dec 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    This has been a long time coming. Too much talent to warrant the disastrous slide from #1 this year.

  5. tvjules says: Dec 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    On deck, (and wishful thinking): Jason Garrett

  6. fumblenuts says: Dec 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!:)

  7. wydok says: Dec 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    Doesn’t matter who the Lions hire as a head coach, as long as Rodgers is a Packer, the Lions will not with the NFC North.

  8. golforepar says: Dec 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    Maybe they can draft a Coach! What a waste of a talented team!

  9. buyamericanonly says: Dec 30, 2013 12:05 PM

    Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!!!!

  10. drewzducks says: Dec 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    I’m sorry, but when did Detroit get an NFL team ?

  11. gustavejfrerotte says: Dec 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    Hate to see anyone get fired but less so when it is an arrogant d-bag like Schwartz.

  12. mvp43 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    May the Schwartz be with you……..

  13. dirtysoufsavage says: Dec 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    Jim Harbaugh gets the last laugh again. Now Schwartz will have entry of time to study the rules.

  14. gbfb88 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    I think I speak for every Packers fan when I say this: We’ll miss ya, Schwartzy!

  15. plum13sec says: Dec 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    Schwartz took them from a untalented team that couldn’t win into a talented team that couldn’t win. Next man up!

  16. meka821 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    Finally, should have been done last year.

  17. dirtydrew says: Dec 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    What a clown. I wish Harbaugh would have smashed this jabroni when he got smart. The Lions are a rudderless ship.

  18. weepingjebus says: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    And some say the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.

  19. silvercrush33 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    Ken Whisenhunt HC, Jason Garrett OC, Lovie Smith DC.

  20. jbusch415 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    as a lions fan, this is an awesome day! But we’ll screw it up again, we are the lions.

  21. RexCanCoach says: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    Bloody Monday is in full swing now. Who the hell would hire Schwartz its beyond me…

  22. warhammer420 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    Tis a good for Lions fans!

  23. polegojim says: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    OH… Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

    Relief… great relief and hope…

  24. jboody79 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    This, to me, would be the best spot to land for a new coach! Not good for my Vikings to compete with.

  25. ctiggs says: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM

    TGFBM Thank God for Black Monday. This is our Soap Opera fellas!!!

  26. turrrds says: Dec 30, 2013 12:08 PM

    Yay

  27. blewinski says: Dec 30, 2013 12:08 PM

    Christmas a few days late, I’ll take it!

  28. jazsrt says: Dec 30, 2013 12:08 PM

    I am happy for Detroit.

    The team and fans deserve better than this dirt bag.

  29. hennessey1200hp says: Dec 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    As a Vikings fan… this is a sad day.

  30. tedmurph says: Dec 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    That’s a good roster in a division that should be up for grabs next yr, attractive job. They need someone to go in there and kick some butt.

  31. drs76109 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    Well, the gym shorts have been cut.

  32. dengefever63 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    I looooove black Monday

  33. rockbottom37 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:09 PM

    Think this is a mistake by Lions.

  34. spharrgcs says: Dec 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Matthew Stafford was asked abou the Jim Schwartz firing but his answer was picked off.

  35. whatnojets says: Dec 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Bad move!

  36. ketchupaholic says: Dec 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    The Green Bay Paqueers need to send him a HUGE Present for choking and giving them the NFC North.

  37. suckittrebek76 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Nnnooooooooo! No!
    I was really really really really hoping the Fords would hold on to this train wreck for at least two more seasons.

  38. bobby927 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    Musical coaches is in progress:
    Chudzinski (Browns)
    Shanahan (R##Skins)
    Frazier (Vikings)
    Schiano (Bucs)
    Schwartz (Lions)
    Kubiak (Texans)

    Who’s next?
    The Dolphins are on the clock.

  39. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues... says: Dec 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    What about Mayhew?

  40. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    Coach showed a lot of chutzpah, but didn’t make many friends. Hopefully Harbaugh will take his calls during his job search.

  41. reeser80 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    I wonder how THAT parting handshake went.

    Yikes.

  42. ralphwilsonisrich says: Dec 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    Another titans former defensive head coach gone who aren’t head coaching material: Gregg Williams and this guy.

  43. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    Mayhew gets to pick this time. Let’s see how he does.

    Thanks, Jim. It wasn’t all bad.

  44. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Dec 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    Lovie Smith just makes way too much sense here. Maybe Chud as OC.

  45. whatnojets says: Dec 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    Who’s next? They guy in Miami might be the next one to get axed!

  46. wholelottaawesome says: Dec 30, 2013 12:11 PM

    “Who?”
    - Jim Harbaugh

  47. tokyolionsfan says: Dec 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    Hallelujah. It’s about time.
    Love to see someone like Kubiak come in with a good DC. I saw another comment saying Lovie….no way–been there done that with the Tampa 2 and they won’t go back.

  48. ravenswhat says: Dec 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    On deck, (and wishful thinking): Jason Garrett

    ——————

    Admit it, you watch the NFL because you like the color of the uniforms. Garrett??

  49. chargerdillon says: Dec 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    Consider the choke job with 2 of the QB’s in their division injured, Z E R O E X C U S E S

    It’s time for Stafford to develop something more than passing to Calvin Johnson as a gameplan

  50. blacknole08 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    Good. There is no excuse for missing the playoffs with all that talent on their roster, especially with an injury plagued Bears and Packers team.

    Lions had no leadership or discipline under Schwartz.

  51. metrocritical says: Dec 30, 2013 12:12 PM

    A year too late. If the organization had the smarts and commitment to winning, Schwartz would’ve been bounced after 2012 when Bruce Arians, Mike McCoy and Chip Kelly, among others were available. Now the Lions’ fan holiday season traditions begin anew: Dreaming of messiahs in the form if head coaches, FAs and draft picks.

  52. whatjusthapped says: Dec 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    Schwartz can now coach the Vikings and the sad part is, he is an improvement over Frazier.

  53. 6ball says: Dec 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    .

    As an out of region observer, it’s hard to make sense of this team.

    .

  54. southpaw79 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:14 PM

    There, there little fella. It will all be okay. Let me give you a little pat on the back.

    signed, Jim Harbaugh

  55. realfootballfan says: Dec 30, 2013 12:14 PM

    The question is can you fix Stafford at this point of his career? He’s been this same inconsistent player since he was at Georgia.

  56. thetooloftools says: Dec 30, 2013 12:14 PM

    Somebody needs to get in their and bang some heads together and wake that team up. They sleepwalk through games.

  57. pastabelly101 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:14 PM

    Josh Mcdaniels

  58. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 30, 2013 12:15 PM

    I don’t think he will have an issue finding work. But, that was an awful lot of talent to not make the playoffs this year.

  59. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 30, 2013 12:15 PM

    If Schwartz doesn’t land in St. Louis with Jeff Fisher, expect to see him in Nashville as either the Titans’ new head coach or defensive coordinator.

  60. DonKellyBaby says: Dec 30, 2013 12:16 PM

    Was hoping Mayhew would be gone too.

    I have a feeling O’Brien will accept the Lions job.

  61. buyamericanonly says: Dec 30, 2013 12:16 PM

    Who’s probably coming to Detroit?

    Greg Roman?
    Lovie Smith?
    Ken Whisenhunt?

    Be bold William Clay Ford Jr and call

    1. Tony Dungy
    2. Bill Cowher
    3. Jon Gruden

    All they can do is say no

  62. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    That’s what happens when you have a coach enable players like Ndamukong Suh and not discipline his players.

    This guy is an arrogant douche that coached an undisciplined and dirty team. Good riddance.

  63. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    Still need a great roster for the next HC to work with, and we already have a number of projected departures. This team has to still figure out how to get a better plan in place from the top down, and that starts with roster mngmt all the way down to coaching particulars. This team has MUCH more house cleaning to do, in the Front Office is where it really counts. I think with a great GM they could have salvaged Schwartz as a coch, not that it would be ideal or a great situation, but it’s still $12MM you can save by focusing on where the real problems are, and everything that Schwartz is weak at could have been filled out around him and taken over by other people to fill those gaps. So this doesn’t make sense to me until and unless they clean out the Front Office and bring in somebody who knows how to construct solid and legitimate FOOTBALL plans for success.

    All this team needs to do is hire one really smart person to clean out the infestation of bad football logic in all aspects of the organization. If they can do that, then they will be champions, if not then it’s going to be nothing but more of the same sad joke. Lots of work needs to be done, and this offseason job is even more difficult and complicated than last year which makes getting the Front Office up to code even more critical.

  64. whatnojets says: Dec 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    I heard that Stephen Ross is waiting for Rex Ryan to become available.

    Can anyone one of you Fin fans personally inform him that his contract was extended?

    I don’t want him to have a heart attack reading that news in the papers!

  65. shayeezy says: Dec 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    long overdue

  66. wafflestomp says: Dec 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    Packer fan here, very disappointed to see Napoleon let go.
    He was so good at driving a talent laden team right into the ground, season after season, after season.

  67. whatnojets says: Dec 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    Mike Tomlin next???

  68. bmore44 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    Stafford coach killer!!

  69. xxsweepthelegxx says: Dec 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    Like it not….Stafford blew the Lions chances of sealing up this winable division when he started lobbing INT after INT in the last month+, not Schwartz. Stafford needs to get back to the basics, the dude has all the physical tools but turnovers will kill you in this league

  70. conner87 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:20 PM

    As a Lions fan, I don’t know whats more upsetting. That he was the coach for 5 years, or that 7-9 was his second best record as the HC

    Good riddance

  71. kwgator says: Dec 30, 2013 12:20 PM

    May the Schwartz be with you

  72. grruffgrruff says: Dec 30, 2013 12:21 PM

    @jboody79 says:
    Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM
    This, to me, would be the best spot to land for a new coach! Not good for my Vikings to compete with.

    or my Browns…

  73. riverhorsey says: Dec 30, 2013 12:21 PM

    Detroit needs a tough OC type to give Stafford some discipline.

  74. teambringitstrong says: Dec 30, 2013 12:22 PM

    We are truly in the last days. All these firings and Dennis Allen still has a job.

  75. egomaniac247 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:22 PM

    They really should consider Whisenhunt. He was at his best when he had a franchise QB. Stafford can be his Warner and Megatron can be his Fitzgerald.

  76. bigtimebrownie says: Dec 30, 2013 12:25 PM

    After losing so much with such talented players, losing so much in Cleveland’s going to be a cakewalk.

  77. gavriloprincip33 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:29 PM

    And the hits keep coming!

    Beside the playoffs and the draft, this is the best time of the year!

  78. stevejjones says: Dec 30, 2013 12:30 PM

    I think it would be neat-o if they hired Lovie Smith. No football reason, obviously. It’s just neato to do things that affirm groups. yay! We’re all friends and things are changing!

  79. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:33 PM

    Immediately after being fired, Schwartz went to Harbaugh’s house and tried to punch him.

  80. rockbottom37 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:35 PM

    U never fire a GM when your roster is talented….so keeping Mayhew was right move….Lions will easily be the most.attractive job because of how talented the roster is.

  81. averagelifer says: Dec 30, 2013 12:35 PM

    Shoulda been done after last season TBH. His whole tenure has been filled with “almost” wins and piss poor discipline.

    But it is the Lions and I have zero faith in them hiring a proven NFL coach who could come in and make some noise with the current team.

  82. blakeden says: Dec 30, 2013 12:35 PM

    Detroit ownership are beginning to figure this out…Hell they kept Matt Millen for 10 years. Jim Schwartz will be on dancing with the stars 2014

  83. shlort says: Dec 30, 2013 12:36 PM

    Gym Shorts is the most deserving to be fired of all those canned today.

    All that talent on the roster and he can’t motivate that team to at least 10 wins? The NFC North was the Lions to win this season. Everything was in their favor. Result? Meldown again because Schwartz has zero capacity to make players work within the confines of a program.

    In the meantime, the window starts to close on that team as age catches up and a new coach is searched for. They could have won a Superbowl with that team.

  84. gbfanforever says: Dec 30, 2013 12:36 PM

    I think while he was part of the problem, there is a decent amount of blame for stafford. The inconsistency and lack of accuracy on his part just seems to hold them back.

  85. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 30, 2013 12:37 PM

    How bout Wayne Fontes?

  86. hotpapa63 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:40 PM

    The Lions were waiting for Leslie Frasier to become available He’s your man!

  87. isphet71 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:41 PM

    Bill Cowher… the NFL is calling you! Specifically Detroit!

    That team would be AMAZING with a no-nonsense Head Coach that has been there before like Cowher.

    IF Cowher is ever going to come back and coach, I think this is the place and time to do it. If he doesn’t, he’s probably out of head coaching to stay.

  88. shlort says: Dec 30, 2013 12:44 PM

    xxsweepthelegxx says:Dec 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    Like it not….Stafford blew the Lions chances of sealing up this winable division when he started lobbing INT after INT in the last month+, not Schwartz. Stafford needs to get back to the basics, the dude has all the physical tools but turnovers will kill you in this league
    _________________________________

    Stafford has been taking heat, and rightly so. The thing is, the coach is ultimately responsible for not teaching the kid to be patient and relax a little bit. Stafford is at his worse when the tensions are high. He is not the kind of player that thrives on adversity. The game plan needs to focus on Staffords strengths, coupled with how to handle him when the situation gets tight.

    Look how Stafford performs when there is no pressure on him mentally. Lions are up, he can throw that ball through a donut hole. Game on the line, or need to protect that lead, he turns into something else.

    Schwarts should have recognized this and adjusted the game plan for it. Teams can’t expect to win every game, and sometimes a QB has to be put in charge of managing the game. Lions could easily have gone 10-6 or 11-5 had they game planned better and took some pressure off of Stafford. Then again, Bush fumbles at the worse times. They need a good running back who is big and can pound the rock.

  89. njpackerbacker says: Dec 30, 2013 12:45 PM

    Flash – Lions pursuing Leslie Fraser as HC and Vikings talking with Jim Schwartz. All is right in the NFC North.

  90. badgerbuck says: Dec 30, 2013 12:46 PM

    Hey wydok Rodgers will be gone sooner then later then the pack will be just like they were in the 70 s and 80s bad.but your a bandwagon kind of guy so I’m sure you won’t be a packer fan much longer

  91. tformation says: Dec 30, 2013 12:47 PM

    Schwartz wasn’t all bad, but it’s time. I heard Dick Jauron is available….

    Nah, I kid you Lions fans! Let’s see if Lovie wants the chance to stick it to his old team twice a year. Thanks to the Rooney rule, they’re bound to at least interview him. Whisenhunt is also an intriguing choice.

  92. dbarnes67 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:47 PM

    It doesn’t matter. The Lions aren’t going to be a winning team as long as WCFord is in the picture and remains in charge. Most of the discipline issues with the Lions are caused by the owner undermining the head coach.
    I’ve watched this team since before Ford ownership and he has always been the major problem.

  93. thelionsrgreat says: Dec 30, 2013 12:51 PM

    There is a God, unfortunately he is a Packers fan. Either way it’s about Damn time this happened.

  94. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 30, 2013 12:52 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving coach. Not too long ago, the Lions were leading the NFC North at 6-3, with the Packers and Bears absolutely decimated by injuries. You go 7-9 and hand the division to the Packers. How embarrassing.

  95. jason9696 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:00 PM

    I hope no one is surprised by this.

  96. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:07 PM

    Who said that word to you Ralphie???

    ……..It was…. SCHWARTZ.

    Ohhhh Fudge !

  97. dublindemonszfl says: Dec 30, 2013 1:13 PM

    Hey Schwartz, there is an opening at the JERK STORE!

  98. tavisteelersfan says: Dec 30, 2013 1:26 PM

    Pay Coughlin whatever he wants to leave the Giants. His time there is over. He is just the type of coach the Lion’s need.

  99. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    What we need is a Holmgren type Head Coach who talks to his QB after every offensive series. Not the actual Holmgren (he’s been done), but someone like him. That’s the only trepidation I have about
    Lovie Smith. Also, Linehan sucks.

  100. kingpel says: Dec 30, 2013 1:35 PM

    Welcome to the Rams, Jim!

  101. telldatruth says: Dec 30, 2013 1:40 PM

    Bill Ford Jr. is totally different than Sr. which is a good thing for the Lions

  102. erikd55 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:41 PM

    You can’t blame stafford here. This took a team effort to end up 7-9. Untimely interceptions from stafford, combined with reggie bush fumbles and, YES, even drops by Megatron (Notably VS Ravens). The team hinges on these three players. If all 3 of them have bad games on different weeks then look out because it won’t be pretty.

  103. mclovin07 says: Dec 30, 2013 1:43 PM

    I say this seriously: Vikes should hire him as their Defensive Coord. He’d be a massive upgrade over Alan Williams…of course, then again, so would I…

  104. ma5terbla5t3r says: Dec 30, 2013 1:52 PM

    I hope no one pat this guy on the back on his way out the door.

  105. johngaltwho says: Dec 30, 2013 1:58 PM

    Couldnt happen to a more arrogant undisciplined guy. Shanahan and Schwartz – no two coaches have ever earned their dismissals more completely than these two knuckleheads.

  106. dtownsportslions says: Dec 30, 2013 2:02 PM

    Best case scenario is Philbin gets fired from Miami and he comes in as OC. I think he could do wonders with that offense.

  107. peopletrains says: Dec 30, 2013 2:19 PM

    Calling it now… Bob Stoops to Detroit… (more likely, Mayhew will hire one of his ol’ Redskins teammates, Russ Grimm??)…

  108. peopletrains says: Dec 30, 2013 2:21 PM

    I think they should punish Kwame Kilpatrick by making him coach the Lions… too cruel?

  109. 1phd says: Dec 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    Buh bye Mr. Schwantz.

  110. iseek11 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:43 PM

    After Jack Del Rio gets a HC job, I wouldn’t mind seeing Schwartz as our DC. He’s bad as the face of management but he builds fierce defenses. Fox will keep the weirdness in check.

  111. alldonesmith says: Dec 30, 2013 3:11 PM

    Schwartz is a tool.

  112. audioflint says: Dec 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    Another questionable decision by the Lions’ front office…

    You hire a guy to take a job that no one wants (an 0-16 team), he turns them into a legitimate contender, but then dump him once he is a piece or two away from bringing it all together. And you get to waste $12 million in the process.

    Another team was in a similar position a couple of years back while the coach was also in his 4th/5th season, but their front office stuck with that coach despite the popular choice to can him, and the rest is history.

    What team and coach? The NY Giants and Tom Coughlin.

  113. qweststrike2008 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:15 PM

    Even Stevie Wonder saw this one coming….

  114. vikeshave0titles says: Dec 30, 2013 3:25 PM

    Dammit! Signed Packer nation.

  115. Dogsweat says: Dec 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    Next Lions Coach: Frazier

  116. hendeeze says: Dec 30, 2013 5:12 PM

    Learn the rules Harbaugh!

    LOLOL, that’s for you Lionsdraftguy!

  117. desertbro says: Dec 30, 2013 6:47 PM

    Megatron will need a team full of Decepticons to take back Cybertron! Michael Bay as coach?

  118. erikd55 says: Dec 30, 2013 8:09 PM

    hey get upset at me all you want…I am a huge lions fan, however, Megatron made some key drops. That fact can’t be ignored

  119. peehergriphon says: Dec 30, 2013 9:00 PM

    2 yrs too late

  120. kingmj4891 says: Jan 2, 2014 2:21 PM

    Should have been gone last year.

  121. kingmj4891 says: Jan 2, 2014 2:22 PM

    Hope he takes a nice vacation to realize he is a bafoon

  122. kingmj4891 says: Jan 2, 2014 2:22 PM

    can we hire him agian and the fire him the same day just for the heck of it

  123. kingmj4891 says: Jan 2, 2014 2:23 PM

    Linehan and Gunther need to go as well

  124. rainsarge says: Jan 3, 2014 11:30 AM

    Shwartz had every opportunity to win an couldn’t do it. The Lions never became the dominate team people were scared play. Sort of Texans north. A few good pieces but not a good team.

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