By now you have probably heard that a Lions loss in Green Bay give Jim Schwartz the worst record through 20 games in team history. While that certainly is not something to hang your hat on, I do not believe that Jim Schwartz’s tenure as Lions coach should be defined by his first 20 games.
Schwartz took over as head coach in the first full season after Matt Millen’s firing. That came after eight straight years of a systematic dismantling of an NFL franchise of any and all talent it had. By the end of the Millen-era the Lions resembled an expansion franchise without the benefit of an expansion draft.
Since Jim Schwart began his Lions coaching career when the team was at it’s worst point in history, how can we expect his 20-game record to reflect something different?
Don’t get me wrong, his clock management at the end of the first half in Minnesota was not great. Perhaps he should have been more demonstrative in the wake of the Lions loss in Chicago. Criticizing coach Schwartz on a game by game basis is certainly fair but the impending worst 20-game start to a Lions coaching tenure is largely due to circumstances beyond his control.