So it happened — not as lightning-quick as true blue Detroit Lions fans wanted, but still relatively quickly. You’d have trouble finding a coaching situation that was more one-sided than the firing of Jim Schwartz. Polls on social media were registering in the 90 percent range for those in favor of firing him.
Yes, some could call the fans’ opinion a bit reactionary after a pitiful loss in the final game of the season. However, with continued frustration stemming from the whole second half of the season, this was really a long time coming. Most fans remember wishing for this to happen last season when the Lions barely put together a professional football team. In hindsight, it should have happened, but we all know that thing about hindsight.
So what do the Lions do now? There are still rumblings about front office firings possibly taking place, including the axing of Martin Mayhew, but many are reporting that he is staying. At least he is acting like he is staying. There are solid coaches available out there, some of which just got fired today.
The keys to the Lions’ immediate future include taking care of Calvin Johnson’s health, organizing the front office issues and starting the head coach search. They cannot rush this despite how long they may have been planning a new hire. A top candidate is Lovie Smith, who Mayhew played for at one point in his career. That connection could lead to a solid coach in Smith coming to the Lions, and might be the best move for the Lions.