Detroit Lions Midseason Grades: Coaches Report Card

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Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, center, and the rest of the Lions coaching staff call a play during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Not so very long ago, there was a large contingent of people calling for head coach Jim Schwartz (and by extension, most of his staff) to be fired.

The Lions are 5-3 and flying high now, and perhaps the time for Schwartz’s seat to heat up is still here, or at least not too far in the future. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Regardless, how are Schwartz and his coordinators actually doing? Since they don’t play and acquire stats, I can’t grade the coaches by the usual metrics (if you don’t know what the “usual metrics” are, click any of the links below to check out the rest of this series!), so they’ll just be getting overall grades based on scheme effectiveness and their ability to put players in a position to succeed.

I would grade based on player development, but that’s more about position coaches, and we’re not getting that deep just yet. Not today. Today, we discuss the head coach and coordinators.

Tuesday, October 29 – Guards/Centers & Linebackers

Wednesday, October 30 – Offensive Tackles & Cornerbacks

Thursday, October 31 – Tight Ends & Safeties

Friday, November 1 Running Backs & Defensive Tackles

Saturday, November 2 Special Teams

Sunday, November 3 – Coaches

Monday, November 4 Wide Receivers & Defensive Ends

Tuesday, November 5 Quarterbacks & Overall Grades