The NFL is a ruthless league that does not give much credence to past achievements. Although some head coaches are unfairly targeted for their team's shortcomings, Jim Schwartz is at the center of everything wrong with the Detroit Lions this year.
The Lions have been one of the NFL's biggest disappointments so far through 2012. After winning 10 games and making the playoffs last season, the Lions are sitting at the bottom of the NFC North with a 2-4 record.
Although one could point to several different reasons why the Lions have floundered so far, it all starts at the top with head coach Jim Schwartz.
Schwartz deserves credit for bringing the Lions to prominence last season. After going 2-14 and 6-10 in 2009 and 2010, Detroit broke out in 2011 and put forth one of the NFL's most explosive offenses. However, despite entering this season as one of the NFL's most talented up-and-coming squads, the Lions now have the second-worst record in the NFC after seven games.
Jim Schwartz deserves the lion's share of the blame. There is no reason a roster with this much talent should be dangerously close to falling out of playoff contention after only six games.
Let's take a look at four reasons why Schwartz is to blame for his team's struggles.