Lions coaches, front office might be fired after finale


Jim Schwartz's career in Detroit appears to be coming to a close after his team failed to make the playoffs.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network that the expectation from inside the building -- including from Schwartz -- is the coaching staff will be fired following the Lions' disappointing season.

Schwartz currently is 29-50 in five seasons after taking over the NFL's first 0-16 team. He has led his team to above a .500 finish only once.

And the coaches might not be the only ones looking for new jobs.

"I'm also told it's a strong possibility the entire front office could be cleared out there," Rapoport said on "NFL GameDay Morning." "(There was) some serious dysfunction with the Lions, including the front office bringing in players and coaches simply not using them. By the end of the year the two sides -- they weren't really talking to each other."

Owner William Clay Ford Sr. has been extremely loyal to his employees -- the most noteworthy being the contract extension given to former general manager Matt Millen despite abject failures.

NFL Media columnist Michael Silver said Bill Ford Jr. will make the decision on Schwartz and general manager Martin Mayhew.

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"I'm told if they do make a change they are going to want offense, someone who can work with quarterback Matthew Stafford," Silver said. "And Greg Roman -- a hot name the last couple years -- the 49ers offensive coordinator, would be very, very interested."

The coaching staff's almost irrational insistence that everything was fine with Stafford's mechanics and play, despite the turnovers and flaws, has led to some of the outrage among Lions fans.

If Detroit decides to move on from Schwartz and/or Mayhew following Sunday's game, getting more from the $76 million quarterback should be the top priority.

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