Detroit Lions: 8 Reasons Why Jim Schwartz Could Be Fired

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Detroit Lions: 8 Reasons Why Jim Schwartz Could Be Fired
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Jim Schwartz looks on as the Lions get blown out in Arizona.

Sunday's 38-10 loss in Arizona put Head Coach Jim Schwartz's record in Detroit at 22-37 overall. 

Schwartz did bring back the Lions from 0-16 to the postseason in three years, and it appears that Detroit reached its potential under Schwartz last season. 

Reaching the playoffs last season was a phenomenal accomplishment, but this team is capable of so much more. Yet it is looking straight at a 4-12 finish with home games against the Atlanta Falcons fighting for the No.1 seed, and a Chicago Bear team attempting to earn a playoff spot in the final week of the regular season. 

Mlive.com's Anwar Richardson wrote this morning that Schwartz has lost control of the team, and that Schwartz could have to at least clean house with a coordinator firing or something of that nature to appease ownership. 

However, with very credible former coaches and young intriguing coaching candidates who could be available, Owner and Chairman William Clay Ford, Sr., who will turn 88 in three months, will want to win right now. If he doesn't trust Schwartz to do that, there are potentially plenty of other coaches he could look at. 

Schwartz being fired is probably contingent on coaching candidates like Jon Gruden, Lovie Smith, Andy Reid, Josh McDaniels, Chip Kelly, Perry Fewell and Kyle Shanahan being available and interested in the position. 

The immense talent on the current roster and possible early draft position to add to that talent makes this position one of the best in the league with a franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford, the league's best skill player in Calvin Johnson and a potential elite defensive player in Ndamukong Suh. 

If Schwartz loses the last two games anywhere near as badly as against the Cardinals, the team will finish with eight straight loses after a 4-4 start that left the playoffs as a possibility, and all bets are off that Schwartz will remain at the helm. 

Here are 8 reasons why Jim Schwartz could easily be fired. 

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