- Shortly after Jim Schwartz was fired on Monday, a few tweets helped make it clear why a change was needed.
Lions source on Schwartz: "He lost all control of the team."
Also, some #Lions asst coaches felt that players were not practicing as hard in recent weeks, less attention to detail, source said.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) December 30, 2013
Lions players frustrated at Schwartz's unwillingness to hold everyone to same standard— Matt Shepard (@ShepMatt) December 30, 2013
- Reports of tension between Schwartz and Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew continued after Monday's firing.
Matin Mayhew and Jim Schwartz didn't get along. Some Lions coaches say it was ugly at times.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) December 30, 2013
- For those wondering, the Lions officially announced Schwartz's firing at 12:14 p.m. ET on Monday, according to Tom Leyden.
- Why did the Lions decide to fire Jim Schwartz? Lions president Tom Lewand explained the decision:
Tom Lewand: "We have come some distance since (0-16) but the simple fact is we have fallen short of the expectations of our ownership."— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) December 30, 2013
Lions president Tom Lewand: "To put it simply, we didn't win enough football games...The search has already begun for the next head coach."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 30, 2013
Lewand on the Fords' reasoning: "They very strongly want to bring a consistently winning football team to the city of Detroit."— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) December 30, 2013
Mayhew admitted during his Monday press conference that the front office could have done a better job in certain areas from a personnel standpoint, especially with surrounding Matthew Stafford with talent. However, Mayhew felt the Lions were already getting to a point where there was enough talent in place for them to start contending.
Stafford thinks offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who was let go as well on Monday, will be a "hot commodity" in coaching circles.
- Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel put together a column on why the Lions have the best head coach opening the NFL, and several analysts on NFL.com echoed his thoughts.
Jason La Canfora believes Schwartz will "get consideration" for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job.