The title of this article says it all. The Detroit Lions were their own enemy Sunday against the New York Giants in a game that pretty much defined the talented, but under-performing team. Seemingly helped out by a rash of injuries to both the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, it appeared that the NFC North was Detroit’s to win this season. Unfortunately, its third consecutive loss on Sunday eliminated the Jim Schwartz-led team from playoff contention.
Detroit turned the ball over three more times in the 23-20 loss, bringing its total to 21 over the course of the last six games. During that same span, the Lions have committed 42 penalties for over 330 yards. It’s this type of lack of maturity and responsibility on the field that has led many to believe that head coach Jim Schwartz may very well be out of a job in the not-so-distant future, possibly as early as today. Considering that three of their last five losses have come against teams that currently sit below .500, it appears that the Lions are simply not getting up for certain games and are playing down to the level of their opponent.
Again, this is on the coaching.
For his part, Schwartz has now had one season with a winning record and boasts a 29-50 record in five seasons with the Lions. That’s simply not going to get it done, especially with the talent on the roster.
Schwartz addressed his job status following Detroit’s disheartening loss to the Giants.
This is the truth, speculation is not my business…my business is coaching the team and trying to keep the team focused.
I think that that’s a job enough without having to worry about the other stuff. Where we were, we can’t worry about where we were because it’s where you are in the present. We came up short today. We make no excuses for it.
If the Lions decide that it makes sense to fire Schwartz after another disappointing season, they might actually find it worthwhile to do so prior to the end of the regular season. This will give them a specific window to look at possible head coaching candidates currently coaching on teams that are actually going to be playing postseason football. The idea here would be to sit down and draw up a list of possible candidates and then interview the select few who will be available between the wildcard playoffs and the divisional round. In addition, it makes little sense to prolong the inevitable. If general manager Martin Mayhew and Co. actually believe Schwartz has a future with the team, they have lost all grasp on reality. After all, if the Lions can’t win the division with the injuries we’ve seen in both Green Bay and Chicago this season, will they ever? That’s the million-dollar question here.