Lions fire Jim Schwartz

December 30, 2013

Jim Schwartz is out as head coach of the Detroit Lions. (Rick Osentoski / AP)

The fiery, five-year tenure of Jim Schwartz has ended in Detroit.

The Lions announced at midday Monday that he has been fired, becoming the fourth NFL coach fired today. Schwartz’s regime often was characterized by an abundance of talent and a lack of discipline. The Lions opened the season 6-3, then went 1-6 to finish 7-9 and miss the playoffs. During a loss a week ago, he seemed to yell at fans who were booing the team, exhibiting a propensity for distraction and angry outbursts. After a 14-13 season-ending loss Sunday to Minnesota, Schwartz was asked about his future.

“I know the way this business is, we all do, but we can’t worry about decisions that we don’t make,” Schwartz said (via ESPN). “We’ve got to try our very best week in and week out and if we do, we can accept any decision that is made.

“I’d certainly like to be back. I feel like we have unfinished business here. We’ve come a long way in these years but we still have ground that we can make, and I’m anxious to have a chance to be able to do that.”

Instead, he leaves with a 29-51 record and one postseason appearance, in 2011.

Earlier Monday, Minnesota fired Leslie Frazier, Washington dumped Mike Shanahan and Tampa Bay fired Greg Schiano. Sunday night, Cleveland fired Rob Chudzinski and, in early December, Houston fired Gary Kubiak.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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