Could Brian Kelly Replace Jim Schwartz as Detroit Lions Head Coach After 2013 Season?

By Dan Parzych
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After finally breaking their playoff curse the previous season, the Detroit Lions were one of the biggest disappointments last year as they finished with a 4-12 record–which was quite the surprise considering the type of season displayed by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. With all of the head coaches on the hot seat heading into the 2013 season, the argument can be made that nobody’s seat may be hotter than Jim Schwartz as the head coach is heading into his fifth season with the team.

If the Lions do end up struggling again in 2013 and the team ends up parting ways with Schwartz, it appears they may already have their eyes set on another popular head coach–Brian Kelly.

These may just be rumors for now, but there’s already talk heating up about the possibility of Detroit going after the Notre Dame head coach after the 2013 season if they’re looking to fill in Schwartz’s spot. It’s common to see popular head coaches try to make the transition from the college level to the pros, but the main question here comes down to whether or not Kelly would be willing to leave Irish.

Obviously, Kelly and the Lions are still far away from ever having to worry about this–so there’s no reason to make a big deal over these talks just yet. If anything, the main thing that should be taken away from these rumors is the fact that Schwartz could be without a job if Detroit has another disappointing year in 2013.

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