Jim Schwartz’s name might be found on few lists as a darkhorse candidate to be fired before next season but he has largely been seen as safe for at least the 2013 season. According to a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Schwartz’s situation might be a bit more perilous than originally thought:
Unhappy with a tattered team culture that has existed under Jim Schwartz, the Detroit Lions coach’s job has been under review by the Ford family that owns the team, according to league sources.
Schwartz has been credited with restoring the Lions’ competitive status since he replaced Rod Marinelli after an 0-16 season in 2008. In 2011, Schwartz guided the Lions to their first playoff appearance since 1999 and was rewarded with a contract extension that runs through 2015.
Nevertheless, league sources say that even during the playoff season, the Fords were disturbed by a number of incidents that fell under Schwartz’s domain. Schwartz’s occasional gruff management personality also has come under scrutiny and will be addressed by ownership if Schwartz is back in 2013.
It puts the Lions coaching situation on the list of things to watch over the offseason but leaves me with a few questions. If the issues go back to the 2011 playoff season, why did Jim Schwartz receive a contract extension prior to the 2012 season?
Maybe we’re starting to get a glimpse of why the team and Schwartz have been so unwilling to discuss the details of his extension. Word came out last weekend that the new deal runs though 2015 but perhaps the situation isn’t as simple as that.