By Drew S. McCarthy
The Hot Seat. No, not the G.I. Joe character, one of sports more over used phrases that can be applied to a player, coach or any front office executive. The term is n expression for a high-pressure situation in which a great deal of attention and scrutiny is focused on a person or organization and right now, Jim Schwartz’s seat is a bit above the normal temperature.
When Schwartz first came to the Lions, fans were excited for a no-nonsense coach who put the emphasis on havoc wreaking defenses. What fans have gotten from the head coach is an offense that puts up stunning numbers with an even more stunning inability to find the end zone and a defense that doesn’t get it done. The Lions defense under Schwartz has been boring, bland and predictably full of holes. Fans and journalists alike didn’t have to look far for excuses for him at first. Everything from the lack of talent on the team in general to personality clashes on the roster was used to dismiss Schwartz’s shortcomings as a coach.
Now, those excuses have gone the way of the dinosaur. This Lions team is loaded with talent at just about every position and the destructive persons are gone from the team. Detroit has leaders on offense in Dom Raiola, Matt Stafford and Nate Burleson and on defense Stephen Tulloch, Ndamukong Suh and Louis Delmas lead their respective units. So what does Jim Schwartz bring to the table? What’s the “coaching factor” with him? From what some are saying, there isn’t one.
Jim Schwartz will get 1 more year to prove himself in Detroit. He has shiny new toys this year to play with in Reggie Bush and Glover Quin. He has a city behind him and the hopes of Lions fans everywhere. He has 1 more year to do what this franchise hasn’t done in far too long: feel like winners.