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.