It is clear that something needs to change with the Detroit Lions for next year. That might come down to a change in players, coaches, attitude, philosophy or more likely, a combination of those things.
Word came out Saturday night that the contract extension Jim Schwartz signed last offseason runs through 2015. There is little reason to believe the Fords will fire Schwartz after this season but that doesn’t mean the coaching staff will return in 2013 as it stands in 2012.
NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora lists Scott Linehan in a list of coordinators ‘likely to get pink slips’ and says the following:
The yardage is still there for the Lions, but the touchdowns have dried up, Matt Stafford has taken steps backward and the running game remains an enigma. Much like with AP in Minnesota, even Calvin Johnson’s record yardage for the Lions is not expected to be enough to stave off this change. Stafford’s ability alone is enough to attract top candidates and when Browns head coach Pat Shurmur is let go by the Browns, league sources would not be surprised to see him get consideration in Detroit (Shurmur is a Detroit native and worked well with another former No. 1 draft pick, Sam Bradford, in St. Louis).
Disappointing seasons always bring about robust banter from fans about coaches that should be shown the door and it seems that no Lions coach has escaped that kind of scrutiny. But this is a lot more than chirping from a fan base. This is the first sign of smoke in the air that suggests there could be a fire.