Lions fire Jim Schwartz after disappointing season

Lions fire Jim Schwartz after disappointing season
December 30, 2013, 11:15 am
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CSN Staff

Half the NFC North will have a new coach next season.

Not long after the Vikings announced the firing of Leslie Frazier, it was reported that the Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz.

Schwartz finished his five-year tenure as the Lions' head man with a 29-51 record. Just one of those seasons ended with a winning mark, the 10-6 finish in 2011, a year that saw the Lions' only playoff game under Schwartz, a loss.

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This season's 7-9 record was not Schwartz' worst mark, but it might have been the most disappointing season. The Lions appeared to be the favorite to win the NFC North title following injuries to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that knocked each out of a significant chunk of the season. But the Lions couldn't capitalize, and they were eliminated from postseason contention after a Week 16 loss while the Bears and Packers battled for the division crown in Week 17.

Schwartz failed to win despite a record-setting start to quarterback Matthew Stafford's career and several seasons with arguably the league's top receiver in Calvin Johnson. Despite those two offensive stars and an improving defense, Schwartz' teams had double-digit losses in three of his five seasons.