Jim Schwartz's Disastrous Thanksgiving Must Lead Directly to His Firing
That's it. I've had enough. Jim Schwartz must be fired.
After his comically bad performance on Thanksgiving, the camel's back finally broke.
First, he challenged the ruling on the field on a Justin Forsett 81-yard touchdown run, costing his team a 15-yard penalty and any ability to get the play overturned. By rule, any touchdown play must be reviewed by the booth—something Schwartz already knew.
Remember, Schwartz taunted Jim Harbaugh in 2011 for doing the exact same thing, yelling across the field, "Know the rules!"(h/t Yahoo! Sports' Chris Chase).
Then, after his team scratched and clawed its way into overtime against the Texans, Schwartz's terrible decision-making reared its ugly head. Matthew Stafford drove the Lions into field-goal range, after his defense picked off Matt Schaub.
A field goal would have won the game.
Schwartz made the decision to kick the field goal on 3rd-and-11, and Jason Hanson missed the 47-yard attempt. Schwartz should have allowed his offense to at least scrounge a few extra yards, but for some reason, he thought it was better to kick a long one on third down.
Grantland's Bill Simmons had this to say:
This is amazing. Has anyone ever seen a team kick an OT 47 yard FG on 3rd and 11 before? Can we do a concussion test on Jim Schwartz?— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 22, 2012
The Lions were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders in 2012 after Schwartz seemingly resurrected the franchise the past few years, leading his team to an improved record every season.
But the way things have played out the past year or so—starting in 2011 Week 6 with the infamous "handshake bowl" against the San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh—there's no denying the fact that Schwartz has undermined any modicum of momentum he helped create.
Discipline is a chief cornerstone of any successful head coach. The good ones have the ability to keep their team and their own emotions in check, and Schwartz has failed to do either.
The Lions had multiple offseason incidents with players, and though you can't pin the blame solely on Schwartz, there's no doubt his inability to control himself has had an impact on his team.
Then, the 2012 season began, and it was apparent early on that the Lions weren't going to contend for a spot in the playoffs, let alone a Super Bowl.
Since the "handshake bowl" in 2011, the Lions have compiled a record of 9-14.
They now sit at 4-7 in 2012, and it's clear that Schwartz's influence on this promising young team has turned sour.
It's time to yank that Band-Aid off as quickly as possible and fire him, stat.
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