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Lions think their coaching vacancy is the NFL’s best opportunity

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Shortly after firing coach Jim Schwartz, Lions President Tom Lewand said he believes his team will have its pick of multiple good coaches who want to come to Detroit.

“I think this will be one of the most if not the single most attractive coaching opportunities in the National Football League,” Lewand said. “That starts with our ownership. I think it also continues with the talented people we have in this organization.”

Every team thinks it’s a great destination for a great coach, but in the Lions’ case, they may be right. After all, the Lions’ recent first-round draft picks include superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, a talented quarterback in Matthew Stafford, a starting left tackle in Riley Reiff and three good defensive linemen in Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Ziggy Ansah. Those are pieces that a good coach can build a winning team around.

Lewand also hinted that coaches or their representatives are already contacting the Lions to express their interest, citing a “number of calls we have already gotten” in the hours after Schwartz was fired.

Still, all the talent in the world doesn’t make Detroit a great destination for a coach if that talent can’t be assembled into a team that plays disciplined football on the field and does the right things off the field. Lewand acknowledged that results are what matter, and results are why Schwartz was fired.

“We did not win the division title. We did not win enough games,” Lewand said.

Now the Lions have to find a coach who will win enough games. They haven’t had a coach who could win consistently in a long time.

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  1. rg3andthensome says: Dec 30, 2013 2:34 PM


    It is in Detroit…..So, by default, it now becomes the worst opportunity in the NFL.

  2. thekiy says: Dec 30, 2013 2:34 PM

    And they are right. A lot of talent and a top ten pick to work with.

  3. bucrightoff says: Dec 30, 2013 2:36 PM

    Sunny, tax free Houston.
    Sunny, tax free Tampa.
    Cold, crime fille Detroit.

    Sorry, but its not the best vacancy.

  4. buyamericanonly says: Dec 30, 2013 2:36 PM

    What coach wouldn’t want a job with a hands off owner and financial job&lifetime security? All you have to do is win a playoff team and they may construct a statue of you in front of Ford Fieldf

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 30, 2013 2:37 PM

    I agree, I’d love to have this job, and I’ll take less pay than anybody else if they want to give me an interview. Nobody wants to be the HC or the GM of the Lions more than me, and I can prove it!

    Plus I’m the best person for either job (assuming they are only looking at coaches who couldn’t coach to save their life). Still waiting for my chance! Maybe after the next group of managers and coaches fails they will finally be willing to hear my suggestions? 🙂

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:37 PM

    And, you can buy a house there for $5,000.

  7. ingraven says: Dec 30, 2013 2:37 PM

    It really is. Get a couple of decent cornerbacks and you are good to go. WoW the Lions have some talent man!!

  8. nflguru12 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:37 PM

    Its the lions, bring on Lloyd Carr.

  9. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 30, 2013 2:37 PM

    That’s cute. Anyways, Washington has everything. Money, talent, power, relevance, history. You’d be a fool to not jump at that historic position of HC of the Redskins if you are a coach in this country aspiring to be an NFL legendary coach like Gibbs, Allen, Lombardi, etc. #HTTR

  10. dtownsportslions says: Dec 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    I would say it probably is. There isn’t a strong competition but this why its the best coaching opportunity.

    1. The Ford family is patient to a fault. They will not fire a new coach until he’s done everything possible to get fired.

    2. Matthew Stafford IS a franchise QB. He’s proven it before but he’s also proven to be wildly inconsistent at time. There is no QB carousel in Detroit.

    3. They have a lot of young talent. A strong front 7 and solid OL. A good RB tandem when they don’t fumble and the best WR in the NFL.

    The point is that this isn’t a rebuild. The Lions ARE ready to compete. I hope for the rest of Lions nation they don’t disappoint again.

    New day. Lets get it done Lewand and Mayhew.

  11. 2difshoe says: Dec 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    Sure….if you are a good babysitter !

  12. jakec4 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    I’d agree that it is the best oppportunity. Just not for a first time coach.

  13. phillyjeff says: Dec 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Stafford is over-rated

  14. mantastic54 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    With all the talk of Lovie Smith going to Tampa or Houston, this seems like the destination that would be the best fit for him, pretty safe to say he wouldn’t be bringing Marinelli with him as his DC though

  15. elliottcovert says: Dec 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Yeah, because who wouldn’t want to live in Detroit!

  16. normaneinstein7 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Too bad the Lions are in Detroit.

  17. maddenisfordorks says: Dec 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    Welcome to Detroit!!!!

    By the way … we’re sort of bankrupt. We can pay you in Outback gift certificates … until 2023.

  18. pastabelly says: Dec 30, 2013 2:39 PM

    They need to hire someone who can bring discipline to the table. That team is a low football IQ team.

  19. packfntk says: Dec 30, 2013 2:40 PM

    I think it is desirable, but the culture there is losing. They need to do some work. With the injuries to the Packers and Bears this year there is NO reason they shouldn’t have run away with the North.

    I look forward to some good competitive football for many years in the division.

  20. ps3988 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    As a die hard Packer fan, this is something that concerns me. The talent level in Detroit is much higher than you usually see where there is a coaching vacancy. In the list of great player/assets in the article they didn’t even mention Reggie Bush. With a coach like Gruden, or even Lovie Smith, they could give us Packer fans fits for many years.

  21. polegojim says: Dec 30, 2013 2:42 PM


    Very talented group on both sides… that needs skilled focus and firm leadership.

    A good HC can look brilliant in a very short period of time.

    First thing I’d do is fix Stafford or start moving toward his replacement
    Second is strengthen secondary
    Third is beef up the running game even more

  22. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 30, 2013 2:42 PM

    Marty Mohrningwig is taking your calls

  23. djstat says: Dec 30, 2013 2:44 PM

    Call me crazy. I think Brian Billick would be an amazing coach in Detroit

  24. southpaw2k says: Dec 30, 2013 2:45 PM

    While I’m inclined to agree that the Lions are the closest thing to a “win now” team, they better find a disciplinarian for a new head coach. The division is still winnable considering Jay Cutler’s fate in Chicago is very much up in the air and the Packers have their faults as well. Detroit just needs a guy who won’t take any nonsense from Suh or Delmas.

  25. sobceo says: Dec 30, 2013 2:45 PM

    As a redskins fan I would agree. But only if you don’t have to live in Detroit

  26. tvguy22 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:49 PM

    Come on Lions, give Marty-ball another shot.

  27. qweststrike2008 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:49 PM

    Not really.

    Whoever gets the gig has to look at the fat-face Matt Stafford for the next five years.

  28. eatitfanboy says: Dec 30, 2013 2:50 PM

    I love how people point out crime as a reason a coach might not take a job in a certain city.

    Yes, because that’s what head coaches do- walk around run down urban areas at night alone.

  29. wrm1230 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:50 PM

    Until Matt Stafford becomes a difference-making NFL QB instead of merely a fantasy football stat monger, Detroit will continue it’s losing ways.

    Poor mecahnics, poor decision-making and an apparent indifference to cleaning them up….yeah, I would want that kind of a coach killer as my starting QB. No thanks….I’ll pass.

  30. weepingjebus says: Dec 30, 2013 2:51 PM

    Hard to argue with that statement, every team in that division seems like a shell. That already infamous Packers-Bears play where Aaron Rodgers was the only player out of the entire Packers offense and Bears defense to realize the ball was still live — and then after what seemed like 30 seconds of staring at the ref — shows you could probably outcoach the entire division if you have an IQ above 90 and sleep less than 14 hours a day.

  31. m2karateman says: Dec 30, 2013 2:51 PM

    You’re crazy if you think Detroit ISN’T a good spot for a coach to go. People talking about the crime, and the city being bankrupt. Well, guess what? The players, the coaches and the bulk of the fans don’t live in Detroit. They live in the wealthier suburbs. And the CITY of Detroit is bankrupt. The Ford family, however, if FAR from bankrupt, and have a reputation in the sports world of being generous and patient, often too patient.

    There are only two things that would keep a coach from wanting to come here: the winter weather and the general manager. Mayhew butted heads with Schwartz, and I think that lead to Schwartz ultimately getting the boot. And winters suck here. But they also suck in New York, Washington, Minnesota, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland…..and Detroit plays indoors at home, so it’s really not as much of an issue as one would think.

  32. dino2997 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:52 PM

    A city and ownership that has low expectations make this the best job in the NFL. However, this team will be going no where no matter the coach. Stafford on offense and Suh on defense have no idea how to win.

  33. Stupid Lions Fan says: Dec 30, 2013 2:53 PM

    Attention Dummies- No one who coaches the Lions lives in Detroit. They live in VERY nice suburbs outside the city… like every other football team. Lazy zings.

  34. buyamericanonly says: Dec 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    People, give it up on slamming the city of Detroit.
    Detroit does have problems and is currently in bankruptcy but be careful what you are laughing at, your city might be next. Its easy to kick a city when its down, but its easier to be compassionate and try to be an asset and help out.

  35. bobsnygiants says: Dec 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    they need a guy like Rob Ryan , would win division.

  36. badmoonrison says: Dec 30, 2013 2:56 PM

    Lewand is delusional. If every potential candidate want to get hired there, who exactly do they have in mind?? There are no viable candidates this year. What are you going to do Lewand? Hire some no-name from the college ranks? Seriously. Slim pickens this year. Its obvious!

  37. sancarloskid says: Dec 30, 2013 2:58 PM

    They need a mature, experienced leader these immature undisciplined players will respect. Also, one who can develop Stafford. I’d take Whisenhunt. Oh, and to the funny guy touting the Washington job – I have two strong words why that job would suck: Daniel Snyder!

  38. dtownsportslions says: Dec 30, 2013 2:59 PM

    Bill Ford Jr. from the outside looking in looks to be more competent than his father.

  39. alewatcher says: Dec 30, 2013 3:00 PM

    Andy Reid would have been a good match for this team. He’s excellent with QBs, and he would have been good for Stafford.

  40. dolphins512 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:01 PM

    I would have to agree…..Detroit is a really good opportunity for a coach to step into.

    All the stuff about the city, and crime is just noise…’s about winning and many of the pieces are in place with the lions for that to occur.

  41. boobschannel says: Dec 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    i’m a vikings fan.

    it’s definitely one of the better openings – right now.

    they have some glaring cap issues, due to the large number of high draft picks and their increasing salaries.

    the window will be closing sooner than later. calvin johnson isn’t getting any younger.

    the same comparison can be made to minnesota this year, and chicago last year. not many years of AD before he’s done. similarly how many more years of productivity are the bears going to get out of hester and forte?

    schwartz really didn’t make the most of the opportunity he had.

  42. jw1991 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    The lions are one or two players away from being a contende, its not talent theyre lacking, its coaching and leadership.

  43. sdbolts says: Dec 30, 2013 3:03 PM

    I guess it depends whether a coach wants a loose cannon owner and stability in the locker room or vice versa.

  44. haileysbadoldad says: Dec 30, 2013 3:03 PM

    The only problem is it’s the vacancy is located in the gooch of the USA.

  45. string888 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:05 PM

    John Gruden would fit well here. Imagine the west coast offense he could run with C.J. and Reggie Bush.

  46. metrocritical says: Dec 30, 2013 3:07 PM

    While the team isn’t stacked with talent, it does have depth or stability on both the offensive and defensive lines and at the RB position, in addition to having an elite WR and a QB with some upside, making this version of the Detroit Lions possibly the most attractive it has been in decades. The next regime will have a healthy foundation to build upon and task number one will be convincing Matt Stafford that he needs to learn the mental side of the QB position. If Stafford had been given a football smarts transfusion by the Schwartz staff, they probably wouldn’t be unemployed right now.

  47. trubroncfan07 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:08 PM

    The Lions were 0-16 the year before Swartz got to Detroit. He completely changed the culture. Can’t see many high profile coaches looking at franchise that is known for losing.

  48. thelionsrgreat says: Dec 30, 2013 3:11 PM

    They also thought keeping jimmy last year was a great idea too. Baby steps people. Our team needs more than just a coach. The players have to be coach able. Some comments from them make me wonder.

  49. MichaelEdits says: Dec 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    This might be a great fit for Chudzinski.

  50. cheapglazers says: Dec 30, 2013 3:12 PM

    Work for evil glazers, live in Detroit, meddling Snyder, or locked up in Cleveland equals frowns for all applicants.

  51. rubenxx7 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:13 PM

    stafford will get the next coach fired aswell.

  52. bonniebengal says: Dec 30, 2013 3:19 PM

    I would hate to see Mike Zimmer go, but he’d be a good fit for the Lions. He can bring discipline to the team, and being a defensive guru he can take the players they have an make a dynasty.

  53. whatjusthapped says: Dec 30, 2013 3:22 PM

    Actually Minnesota is the most desirable, the expectations are so low that if you win 6 games, they will throw a parade in your honor.

    The only challenge is that you have to do it without a NFL quality QB and with Spielman picking again this spring, it will remain that way for awhile.

  54. riseryan says: Dec 30, 2013 3:23 PM

    Detroit would have to be considered the top HC vacancy out there. Has a HC you need to win and be successful to keep your job. Lions had a team that could win the division this year but the current staff didn’t resolve the teams core problems which were poor decisions play calling and team discipline. The weather isn’t going to defer a coach from city nor will the cities financial outlook. Green Bay if had a opening would be #1 and the weather is miserable with nothing around. I’m sure the HC wouldn’t be residing in the downtown area but in a cleaner suburban area. There is talent on both sides of the line. Stafford has that 2011 ability in him somewhere and with Megatron he will be ok. The running game has finally arrived in Detroit since Barry’s departure and will be good again next year. Secondary concerns and a kicker are the two biggest concerns right now. Considering the need for draft I don’t think #10 is a good spot for there needs. W/o looking into free agency and resignings as the Lions I would consider traded back if they could acquire that teams later 1st round pick and a 4th round pick. There are talented back up corners around the league now who will be looking for a potential starting gig and there isn’t that stud safety out there. Cut the ties with Pettigrew and draft a Eric Ebron is he falls that far. Bill O’ Brien would be a great coach for Stafford and this offense but considering the buyout of at PSU and what the Lions have to pay Swatrhz it’s not worth it considering he may not be able to control from a discipline area. Shaw from Stanford would be the best candidate for the job. Knows offense and QBs and with how Stanford plays there is discipline. This is a great situation for an incoming coach and I think the lions could have their pick of the litter.

  55. emmac13 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:24 PM

    They should have done this last year. Everyone got a year older. Stafford, Mega, and Suh. Who would not want to coach this team.

  56. liontomyself says: Dec 30, 2013 3:31 PM

    While I like Schwartz, I see him as the Lions version of Rick Carlisle. The talent is there but he could only take them so far. Now, we just need a coach to get them over that hump. Who out there could be the NFL version of Larry Brown?

  57. willycents says: Dec 30, 2013 3:31 PM

    Josh McDaniels is slobbering for this job. Look at all the star players he could trade(ala Denver when he took over). It might take him two years to gut this team. And, he could bring Tebow and Orton in to replace Stafford.

  58. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 30, 2013 3:32 PM

    I hear Jim Schwartz is available.

  59. mizzousooner says: Dec 30, 2013 3:33 PM

    Good night, who in their right mind would wish to live in ghettofabulous Detroit???

  60. brutus9448 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:34 PM

    not with stafford side arming interceptions in the biggest game of his career it isn’t

  61. mizzousooner says: Dec 30, 2013 3:34 PM

    Stafford is a “Romo” in training.

  62. whatnojets says: Dec 30, 2013 3:35 PM

    Rob Ryan would be a great fit.
    He would kick their butts if they don’t listen to him!

  63. xjokerz says: Dec 30, 2013 3:37 PM

    lol @ so many of you inbred morons talking as if the Detroit Lions finacally are connected to DETROIT the CITY, its not. Mr Ford is actually pretty might have heard his name around somewhere…..

    on a side not, none of these players live in downtown DETROIT they ALL live out in Oakland County, which is ranked top 10 Richest counties in the country with a population over a million.

    its funny to see people who believe the entire state of Michigan ( population 11million ) all live like the 600,000 citizens in Detroit.


  64. snipedanglecelly13 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:37 PM

    What does location have to do with it? No one in the lions organization live in Detroit. They all live in the nicer cities such as novi and northville. Lions have lots of talent plus a top 10 pick, perfect place for a coach to turn a team around

  65. hotpapa63 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:39 PM

    I totally agree! Where else can a Head coach buy a two story house with 2800 sq feet for 1000 dollars ?

  66. tjdave says: Dec 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    This team needs Tom Coughlin. A strict disciplinarian who can turn stupid raw talent into focused superstars. In spite of his lousy last couple of years in NY the man has cred.

  67. bboerema says: Dec 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    Hire Wayne

  68. emmac13 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:48 PM

    Lots of greats from the Motor City. Sweaty Teddy, Kiss, Eminem, Joe Lewis, Motown, Wings, Tigers, and Pistons.

  69. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 30, 2013 3:51 PM

    “Still, all the talent in the world doesn’t make Detroit a great destination for a coach if that talent can’t be assembled into a team that plays disciplined football on the field and does the right things off the field.”

    It’s a GREAT destination for a GREAT coach, NOT for a new coach.

  70. sgmjerry220 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:51 PM

    I laughed so hard I vomitted at your headline! besides the obvious undisciplined, mistake prone, accountability-less players, they also play with NO HEART or PRIDE, and that won’t change overnight. Those players do not understand the simple principle of, “You play to win the game”! They folded last year, losing 10 in-a-row and they folded this year going 2-6 the second half. And when they had a chance to be men, and win one last game for their coach, they quit. Good luck finding a respectable, winning coach or a hotshot new-comer to go there. I hear Mike Shannan is available though?

  71. nightrain42 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    2nd best opportunity behind Houston. But they need to hire an established HC with NFL experience. Crazy suh won’t listen to a college type rah rah guy. If Cowher is going to coach again, this wld b a good spot.

  72. xjokerz says: Dec 30, 2013 3:58 PM

    Pistons have never played in Detroit…… they currently reside in Auburn Hills…a good 45minutes North of Detroit…


  73. dualprime says: Dec 30, 2013 3:59 PM

    I can see Belichick updating his resume this very moment.

  74. deathmonkey41 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:04 PM

    Bring back Wayne Fonts!

  75. dougydougdoug says: Dec 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    The style of play, and subsequent results of the Lions, rather perfectly mirrors the tenor and tone of Detroit. That’s all I’m going to say.

  76. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:12 PM

    They need someone to reign in Stafford so he doesnt revert to throwing like Uncle Rico

  77. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    Detroit: “We’re the best losers!”

  78. seals1 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:15 PM

    As a Viking fan it feels good we still have one team we can laugh at. Whatever coach feels Detroit is the best situation for he and his family needs to have his urine tested.

    Thanks for the headline, I needed some comic relief today.

  79. tigersfandan says: Dec 30, 2013 4:17 PM

    The city of Detroit may be bankrupt, but the city is not paying the coach’s salary.

  80. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 4:28 PM

    While I don’t disagree that Detroit might be a fairly attractive destination for a coach… I truly believe that Houston is the best vacancy right now.

    – They had 5 probowlers this year on a 2 win team. (Not to mention the perennial probowlers that didn’t make it due to injury like Cushing and Foster)

    -An outstanding defense (They actually had a better year this year with 2 wins than they did last year with 12)

    -The best defensive player in the game (If the Texans weren’t such a train wreck he’d be winning his second straight DPOY this year)

    -All star talent at skill positions (Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Owen Daniels, DeAndre Hopkins)

    -The #1 overall pick to select your own franchise QB, or once in a generation talent like Clowney, or trade back and load up over the next few years

    -Weak division (Luck is good… he’s no Aaron Rodgers)

    -No income tax

    -Great owner (Gives you time, not going to fire you after 1 bad year -cough- Cleveland -cough-)

    -Great city with a low cost of living while still being a huge market, and a great local economy (4th largest city in the US)

    -Rabid fan base (Even in a 2 win season, Texans sold out every game and overall attendance averaged 100.8% of stadium capacity)

    -Decent weather (it gets very hot in the summer though)

    I know I am biased but it’s just my 2 cents….

  81. pappavike says: Dec 30, 2013 4:28 PM

    Detroit, Is a great opportunity, but talent alone is not the answer. They need a coach that mold playes from individuals into a single unit (A TEAM) Tbe Lions have alot of talented individuals but there are no I in TEAM

  82. morr24 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:35 PM

    It is hard to disagree with Detroit being the best opening. The Lions have a nice nucleus of talent. There is one snag in this premise….why have the Lions been bastions of futility throughout the years….

    The Lions have 1 playoff win and 10 playoff appearances since 1957.

  83. jollyjoker2 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:47 PM

    Are you all drunk in Detroit??? The QB throws inconsistent and turns the ball over and over.. Basically, doesn’t give a dam. GOOD Luck on that one.

  84. pacodawg says: Dec 30, 2013 4:54 PM

    The only thing you will win with Stafford is your Fantasy Championship, (maybe).

  85. suhisbetterthanu says: Dec 30, 2013 4:57 PM

    I like how all of the Redskins fans are jumping to let us know that they have a better program…

    8 coaches / 16 years. Nice work, Snyder.

  86. badmoonrison says: Dec 30, 2013 5:04 PM

    DETROIT, you are totally delusional if you think Jon Gruden is coming to crap motor city. He already said he’s staying with ESPN. Do a google search losers. Its slim pickens for any team dumb enough to fire their HC. You guys wont find better than Schwartz.

  87. reasonisthereason says: Dec 30, 2013 5:17 PM

    Bagging on the city of Detroit when mentioning the head coaching vacancy for the Lions is ridiculous. Nobody lives in the City of Detroit, they live in the neighboring million-dollar suburbs of Oakland County: one of the richest counties in the United States. Southeast Michigan is an incredible place to live. Those who say otherwise are clueless.

  88. str8infamous says: Dec 30, 2013 5:20 PM

    Coming from a Bucs fan, I’d say the most attractive job would be Houston. The pay would be tax free & they have more overall talent than Detroit. Lets not also forget they have the #1 draft pick & looks to be next year’s Kansas City Chiefs. Detroit looks “okay” on paper but lets call a spade a spade. Besides cap issues, if you look past Calvin Johnson they’re in trouble @ the WR position. Burleson has what MAYBE 2 good seasons left, & the back 7 on defense has a lot of questions marks as well. Again Houston is the top spot.

  89. jjackwagon says: Dec 30, 2013 5:33 PM

    (Any team that has a coaching vacancy) think their coaching vacancy is the NFL’s best opportunity.

    Would you rather live in a rich suburb of Detroit or a rich suburb of Tampa? Nuff said.

  90. jpat2424 says: Dec 30, 2013 5:49 PM

    Yeah right.

  91. koolaidsgonebad says: Dec 30, 2013 5:56 PM

    Funny how people say the Washington job is better because you have to live in Detroit. Have you ever been to Washington DC? I am from Detroit and I was scared near the stadium! No one of affluence lives in Detroit. The facility isn’t even there.

  92. jimmysee says: Dec 30, 2013 6:07 PM

    That mindset is *exactly* why the Detroit job is *NOT* the NFL’s best opportunity.

  93. lionsfan2086 says: Dec 30, 2013 6:13 PM

    The Redskins are the team I follow second to Detroit since I live in DC and I can say they are possibly the worst opening right now. The Browns, Vikes, Texans and TB all need to find a QB but at least they all draft high enough to try to get one this year. (And Tampa may stick with Glennon depending on who the new coach is). RG3 was a shell of himself this year and only time will tell if that was all injury related. The o-line is a wreck, Garcon is the only reliable WR, and the defense is pretty terrible. The line sure could use that #2 pick the Rams have to add Clowney. Perry Riley and Kerrigan are good but Orakpo is a free agent. The secondary is worse than Detroit’s and that’s saying something.

  94. calebo94 says: Dec 30, 2013 6:30 PM

    Do I hear Wayne Fontes!!

  95. topcide says: Dec 30, 2013 7:12 PM

    the people that are bagging on the coaching vacancy saying that no one wants to live in Detroit are idiots.

    First of all with the exception of downton and a few other neighborhoods, the city of detroit is pretty nasty, which is why only 7% of the state of michigan’s 9,900,000 popuation lives in the city limits.

    And I get it, the city is bankrupt, but last I checked the team is owned by a guy with a last name that is somewhat well known.

    No athlete or coach lives in the city limits, they all live in the multi-million dollar gated communties in the suburbs. With that being said, if someone wanted to live in the actual city, the lofts and downtown condo’s in the city sell for more than most people reading this posts houses do.

    There are literally multiple dozens of cities within an easy drive to the stadium and practice facilty ( which isn’t in the city) that are super nice. For exampe, I live in Ann Arbor ( their is large school nearby with a multi billion dollar endowment nearby that maybe you have heard of ) I am about 45 mins to an hour from the stadium, and maybe 30 -45 minutes from the practice facility. It’s not cheap to live here and houses sell so fast here they are hard to find without getting into a bidding war with other buyers.

    southeastern michgain is an awesome place to live, the people that try to lump it in with detroit either are complete idiots, have never been here, or both.

    the people commenting on the weather are so stupid I shouldn’t even mention it.

  96. aldante66 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:21 PM

    Wisenhunt will take this peace of a team. I agree they are SB caliber

  97. aldante66 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:27 PM

    The problem with taking this job. Your not going to get Suh adn gang to move their arse. Too many cooks in that kitchen

  98. dfwhawkguy says: Dec 30, 2013 7:30 PM

    Now, would I actually have to “live” in Michigan or could I just fly in from Ohio on gamedays?

  99. footballpupil says: Dec 30, 2013 8:08 PM

    Detroit has a ton of potential however they are engraved with losing similar to the Browns so they will not get the same hype as the Texans.

  100. macadoo35256 says: Dec 30, 2013 8:10 PM

    There is no doubt they have as much talent as any team out there.I would like to see Mike Shanahan take the job to work with Stafford.He’s a great Quarterback coach.As for the guy who said Washington is loaded with talent I disagree.RGlll Ithink was a 1 year wonder waiting to bust.GO LIONS !!!!!

  101. bert1913 says: Dec 30, 2013 8:27 PM

    wouldn’t be a bad job if you didn’t have to live there

  102. hardkor07mn says: Dec 30, 2013 9:04 PM

    Not sure who would ever want to live in detroilet by choice. Good team. Crap city

  103. rmc1995 says: Dec 30, 2013 9:27 PM

    Mayhew and Lewand contributed to the Lions dismal record of 31 and 97 from 2001-2008, with more 0-16 records than playoff appearances.

    The single difference between being a laughing stock for nearly a decade and being a team with higher expectations was Schwartz. Schwartz knew how to change a culture where Lewand and Mayhew et al failed for years. Now the brain trust that was a part of a culture from 2001-2008 that allowed players to park in handicap parking spaces while older employees had to walk, think they know what it takes to get to the next level without the guy who got them out of a ditch.

    It certainly is a desirable job, and to think Lewand and Mayhew figured out how to change the culture without Jim Schwartz, and know how to get to the next level without him is as laughable as the Lions were prior to Schwartz’s arrival in Detroit.

  104. jhop86 says: Dec 31, 2013 6:07 AM

    Who would ever want to move to Detroit… No diss to lions or Detroit but who

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