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This is a tough spot to call out Schwartz, because the defensive scheme he implemented prevented the Ravens from scoring a touchdown. Some of the calls on defense were absolutely brilliant, like the Don Carey run blitz or the stunt to get Ansah a clean shot on Flacco late.
But this is about something much larger with Schwartz.
Despite having the healthiest and arguably most talented team from top to bottom in the NFC North, Schwartz could not coax a win out of his Lions.
The damning penalties and mental errors are clearly beyond his coaching ability to remedy. Inconsistent performance from quarter to quarter, even possession to possession, is the sign of a team that does not have confidence in itself.
That falls directly on the head coach. So does the befuddling offensive play-calling, even if Schwartz gives coordinator Scott Linehan an incredible amount of freedom in that area.
When the defense plays well, like this game against Baltimore, the offense lays an ostrich egg. Other weeks the offense sizzles but the defense breaks like burnt bacon.
Blowing such a golden opportunity to run away with the NFC North should be a fatal blow to Schwartz's coaching career in Detroit. It will be very hard for the Ford family to go to their loyal, hard-working customers and justify keeping a coach who simply cannot get this team to play to its potential.
This loss should be the final straw. Even if the Lions win out, and they might, the time is right to make a change at the top.