After the latest late-game meltdown by the Detroit Lions, someone needs to be held accountable.
Head coach Jim Schwartz has failed to take a firm hold of his position this season, and giving away a win to the Indianapolis Colts, the Lions have fallen to a 4-8 record
#Lions CB Chris Houston said guys thought they won with 12 mins left: "Yeah, definitely. Guys think the game is over. That’s what happens."
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) December 2, 2012
Detroit has failed to play their best football for 60 minutes each week and that is a clear reflection on the head coach. To see a player like Houston outright say that his team thought the game was over shows disregard on behalf of Schwartz.
It has been easy to overlook his past mistakes. The way in which Lions players have continuously found themselves in legal troubles was not put on Schwartz's shoulders because the team made the playoffs last season and a turnaround seemed firmly in place.
However, the cons are starting to outweigh the pros for Schwartz. He made a rookie mistake in Week 12 against the Houston Texans as he threw an ill-advised red flag that likely cost Detroit a victory.
He then followed that blunder up with a third-down field-goal attempt in overtime.
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 mistakes are adding up for Schwartz too quickly to justify, and Detroit is too talented of a football team to sit at 4-8 this season. The Lions were expected to compete in the NFC and have failed to develop the offensive balance or consistency that was so desired.
Keep in mind, the Lions have been faltering for awhile. After starting last season 5-0, the team is just 9-15. Schwartz has failed to build momentum for the franchise or properly influence his players. Simply take his latest feud with Titus Young as an example.
The way in which Young has acted is inexcusable, but it is Schwartz's job to have control of his locker room and either discipline Young or move on. He allowed Young to practice and yet made him inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts. His back-and-forth decision-making benefits nobody.
Detroit is now completely out of the playoff race and has taken the proverbial three steps back after the two steps forward of last season. Schwartz consistently makes blunders that hurt his team's chances to win.
The Lions need a new direction and a new leader. Schwartz should be removed immediately.