Senior Bowl Provides a Great Oppurtunity to Evaluate Detroit Lions Coaches

Jimmy SordylContributor IJanuary 29, 2010

DETROIT - JANUARY 3:  Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions looks on during the game against the Chicago Bears on January 3, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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After another disappointing season in Detroit, some fans have already jumped the gun and judged that Jim Schwartz needs to pack his bags and get out of town.

To these fans I say: "What did you expect from a coach who has inherited a team that was left in the disastrous hands of former team president Matt Millen for eight years?" Anyone who expected more than five wins last season was in for a rude awakening.

Despite last season's shortcomings, Schwartz and the entire Detroit Lions coaching staff has an opportunity to prove that they are deserving to coach in the NFL to the entire nation. Leading the seniors representing the North to victory in Saturday's Under Armour Senior Bowl would argue their case. 

This is also the perfect opportunity for them to showcase their knowledge as they prepare the NFL's "Stars of Tommorow" for their rookie campaigns. The players utilizing the information they have learned from these coaches will show exactly how capable the coaches are, and why they should remain in their positions.

While this is an opportunity to prove themselves, it can also be used as a learning experience. It provides a chance for the coaches to look at their own shortcomings, and shows them what they need to change to be better.

While many football fans and NFL scouts will be watching the game to see what players have the potential to have great careers in the next level, Detroit should be watching the game to update their evaluations on Schwartz and his coaching staff.