Why Detroit Lions' Fnas Shuold Trsut Jim Schwartz

Phil HopersbergerCorrespondent IMay 23, 2009

DETROIT , MI - JANUARY 16:  Jim Schwartz head coach of the Detroit Lions talks with the media after press conference to introduce him as the Lions new head coach on January 16, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tehre is not a tpyo in the tltie of tihs atrclie.

Or in tihs snetecne ethier.

You may not blveiee taht you cluod acluaclty uesdnatnrd waht tihs atrclie syas, but jsut raed on bcusaee you rlealy can.

Tusrt me, as wlel as Jim Swratchz.  We btoh konw waht we are diong...eevn if you tnihk we are btoh czary.

I haer ya' luod and celar.

The Dteriot Loins pkcied Mtat Sfftarod and Bnrdaon Pttgeriw!  

Waht was Swchtraz tiknhnig?  We nedeed dfsenfe!  Our dsfesne skcued!  Two ofnefvise plyares in runod one?

Aollow me to epixalin.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to Cmabrigde Uinervtisy rsceeacrh, syas it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the fsirt and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you wlil sltil raed it wouthit a porbelm.

This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh?

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Trust the Schwartz

Now hear me out and you'll see that what the Lions' did at Radio City Music Hall is even more amazing than this simple language trick.

Lions' fans have been burned for over 50 years!  They're leery.  I get it.  I'm one of them.

Although there is plenty of skepticism out there in the Lions' pride right now, I think this parlor trick illustrates perfectly why Jim Schwartz deserves our trust.

What he did makes perfect sense, even if not at first glance to us outside of the NFL.

Trust me, like you just did with the mixed up words.  He understands this crazy football "language" too!

We may not get every move he's done so far, but he's putting together a team that will make sense.  Take a deep breath and trust him.  

I know.  It looks crazy.  Just read on and you'll see it as clear as the messed up words above.

Winnerese Spoken in Latrobe

The NFL Draft is a good place to see this crazy "language" that the good coaches speak so fluently.  It's called Winnerese.

Consider the established winner in the NFL—the Pittsburgh Steelers.  If you analyze what they do, you'll see that Coach Schwartz did the same thing.  Take the best talent on the board.

I can hear you as I type. 

"We didn't need a quarterback, a tight end, and a safety.  We needed help on the lines, especially our defense that ranked dead last!"

Let's consider the defending champions and what they did in the draft with their first three picks.

The Steelers picked talent first when they chose defense with Ziggy Hood.  Do they need defense now?  No!  Do they need talent?  Yes!  He was the best guy on the board.

Then they grabbed Kraig Urbik, an offensive lineman.  A giant at 6'5" and over 320 pounds!  Do they need him now?  No.  Was he the most talented on the board?  Yes! 

Next they chose Mike Wallace, the fastest WR on the board for returns at a sizzling 4.28! He may be a stretch, but that speed is too much to pass up for receiver routes or returns. Imagine Devin Hester shot out of a cannon?

The first three picks are where you get your starters, statistically speaking.  The next five or so picks are for depth, development, or special team players.  

All other holes not addressed at the draft get filled via free agency (don't kid yourself, these coaches all know each other very well and they know who will be available).  Lots of good players will get cut or capped over the summer.

The Summer Draft

Schwartz has those guys in mind.  He has a "draft board" right now for summer cuts. Trust me, er...him.  This ain't voodoo.

Now if you stink like the Motown Kitties, then you may have to overpay free agents, make "starting" promises, or agree to lengthy contracts to old veterans.  It has to begin somewhere.

The next year, however, you need less free agents as those previous year's top picks become legitimate starters.  The next year even less free agents are needed when those three guys start, and so on.

After five or so years, your team is loaded with talent.  You can actually trade away draft picks (as Bill "the stockpiler" Belichick did this year, dropping out of the first round) and top flight free agents start calling you!

Why?  Because they want to win.  They see your coach knows what he's doing and they want to win a championship.  All athletes know Winnerese when they hear it.

The Red Wing's GM, Ken Holland, is fluent in Winnerese.  Just ask Marion Hossa!

So taking the best quarterback, the best tight end, and the best safety makes perfect sense...if you're listening.

Deos it mkae snsee to you now?  It deos to me...and to Jim Stchawrz.

Wlcoeme to the czray lngaguae of how to bilud a wniner in the NFL.

Tsrut the Shrtwacz.  

He kwons waht he's dinog.  

Waht do you hvae to lsoe, but lsonig istlef?


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