Let us take a moment and remember that we re talking about a Head Coach in the NFL that has a 23-43 record in just over four seasons with the Detroit Lions. He has taken the team to one post season and has a 0-1 record in the NFL playoffs. Let us forget for a moment that he has a 6-19 record against the other teams in the NFL North. Let us forget all that and condemn Jim Schwartz with his own words. Speaking to the assembled media yesterday, Sunday September 15th, 2013, Schwartz had this to say about his team that had just given up 8 penalties for 101 yards against the Arizona Cardinals:
If you look at those penalties, the guys were out there trying (to make plays), If they were a bunch of unsportsmanlike calls or after-the-whistle stuff or false starts, that’s one thing. But when you are talking about pass interference and holding, it’s generally from a player having bad technique or being in a bad position.
Let's say Schwartz is right, and he wants to have a gritty team that plays on the edge of the rules. Let's say the penalties and undisciplined play by his team during his tenure doesn't matter. Let say all of that is true and come to the realization that Schwartz simple isn't the man to get this team to the next level. In fact we could very effectively argue he does not see the problem.
In coaching there are a few universal truths. One is a team will take on the personality of its Head Coach. That means the undisciplined nature of this team probably the biggest problem with this team, is a direct result of Schwartz being its leader. The other universal truth in coaching is coaches coach the small things and teach small things and details because the small things and details will make the big things fall into place. Schwartz seems unwilling to accept this truth.
Simply put his roster is not good enough to continually make the kinds of mistakes they have made in the first two weeks on the 2013 season, and for the entire time Schwartz has been the Head Football Coach. There seems to be no evidence that Schwartz is the Coach to get this team to the next level, and that means he should be shown the door.