The Detroit Lions went from a 10-6 record and their first playoff appearance since the 1999 season in 2011 to winning only four games in 2012. Obviously, it is not what the coaches, players, ownership or fans had in mind after such a successful season the year before. The good news is there is plenty of excitement buzzing around the Lions this summer as they believe they have what it takes to get back to the playoffs. However, after the dismal season, is head coach Jim Schwartz coaching for his job in 2013?
Schwartz understands that the performance the Lions put forth last season was not ideal. He also believes that it was a great learning experience for the team, as well as, himself. For that reason, he is confident that the team will learn from their mistakes last year and use it to improve this fall.
“If you’re building cars on the line down the street, you’re selling insurance, you’re coaching or you’re a player, you’re going to learn,” Schwartz said earlier this summer, according to ABC News. “And, you’re going to be better the second time you experience something or go through something.”
With all of that being said, one has to wonder what will happen if the Lions do not learn from their mistakes and post another dismal record. Will the organization give up on Schwartz and send him packing?
The fact is Schwartz has done wonders for Detroit after taking over following a 0-16 season. The team would have to do poorly in order for ownership to consider replacing him. However, the NFL is certainly a business in which one is only as good as their most recent accomplishment.