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talastan
01-15-2009, 02:53 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/9080916/Sources:-Lions-pick-Schwartz-to-turn-team-around

Sources: Lions pick Schwartz to turn team aroundby Jay Glazer
Jay Glazer is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com on MSN and also appears every week on FOX NFL Sunday as the network's NFL Insider.

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Updated: January 15, 2009, 3:45 PM EST Comment The Detroit Lions can go nowhere but up in 2009. And now they've found the man to lead their revival.

The Lions will hire Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to be their new head coach, FOXSports.com has learned. Schwartz interviewed for the second time on Monday, two days after the Titans were eliminated from the AFC playoffs by the Baltimore Ravens.

"I don't shy away from a challenge," Schwartz said Monday at a news conference that was scheduled as part of his day at the team's headquarters.

Schwartz just finished his 10th season with the Titans, his eighth as defensive coordinator. He was promoted from linebackers assistant coach to coordinator in January 2001.

Before being hired in Tennessee, he spent three years on the Baltimore Ravens' staff. He also was a college and pro scout for the Cleveland Browns and that experience might be valuable in Detroit.

The Lions have the No. 1 pick in April along with first- and third-round picks from the Dallas Cowboys and need to find players to spark a turnaround.


"It's probably time to find a replacement for Bobby Layne," Schwartz joked, showing he knows at least a little about the history of perhaps the NFL's worst franchise.

Since winning a title in 1957 with Layne at quarterback, the Lions have the same number of playoff victories as Pro Bowl QBs: one.

Schwartz will be counted on to come up with ways to improve a defense that ranked last in the league and gave up 517 points — threatening the NFL record for points allowed (533) in a season set by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

"There's no better feeling than turning a situation around," he said.

The 42-year-old Schwartz played linebacker at Georgetown, where he earned a degree in economics.

He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Maryland in 1989, later had the same position at Minnesota and went on to become a secondary coach for North Carolina Central and linebackers coach at Colgate.

The Baltimore native became a candidate to be a head coach, though, because of what he's done in Tennessee.

The Titans ranked in the top seven in yards allowed each of the past two seasons and finished second in points allowed per game at 14.6 in 2008. His 2003 defense ranked first in the NFL in rushing defense and led the league in third down defense at 27.7 — the lowest since the 1998 Oakland Raiders.

The avid chess player analyzes football-related statistics, looking for tendencies, then has the ability to relay what he has learned to players.

"You've got to have the right kind of guys who know how to translate it off the computer to the field and play," Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse has said. "He pretty much has what it takes if you ask me."

OnTheWarpath15
01-15-2009, 02:54 PM
His career is over.

The Franchise
01-15-2009, 02:54 PM
His career is over.

I think he'll do decent. 2....maybe 3 wins a season.

talastan
01-15-2009, 02:55 PM
As highlighted above, I think they are going QB with the first overall. No WR's this year.

FringeNC
01-15-2009, 02:56 PM
Evidently, Pioli wasn't interested.

OnTheWarpath15
01-15-2009, 02:56 PM
I think he'll do decent. 2....maybe 3 wins a season.

I'm of the opinion that it doesn't matter who the coach is there, until the Ford family wakes the fuck up, they'll never go anywhere.

Hopefully Schwartz gets another chance after Mayhew and the rest of the FO fuck this up again...

Basileus777
01-15-2009, 02:57 PM
Good hire for them.

alpha_omega
01-15-2009, 03:01 PM
Wow...you guys think we have it bad....

Since winning a title in 1957 with Layne at quarterback, the Lions have the same number of playoff victories as Pro Bowl QBs: one.

Brock
01-15-2009, 03:03 PM
Career suicide.

Hammock Parties
01-15-2009, 03:03 PM
It's all coming together now.

McDaniels to Denver, Spagnuolo's out of the picture, Schwartz is gone, and Pioli's shining up his axe for Herm's neck.

Bring The Rat.

He is our destiny.

FringeNC
01-15-2009, 03:04 PM
It's all coming together now.

McDaniels to Denver, Spagnuolo's out of the picture, Schwartz is gone, and Pioli's shining up his axe for Herm's neck.

Bring The Rat.

He is our destiny.

Shanahan had total control and a $7 mill per year contract. I'm just not sure he could handle being second fiddle to Pioli.

Hammock Parties
01-15-2009, 03:05 PM
Shanahan had total control and a $7 mill per year contract. I'm just not sure he could handle being second fiddle to Pioli.

It's already been reported that he doesn't want total control.

The Franchise
01-15-2009, 03:08 PM
It's all coming together now.

McDaniels to Denver, Spagnuolo's out of the picture, Schwartz is gone, and Pioli's shining up his axe for Herm's neck.

Bring The Rat.

He is our destiny.

Only if he has a competent DC to handle the defense.

Archie Bunker
01-15-2009, 03:10 PM
It's already been reported that he doesn't want total control.


I'd love to see it. He could groom a young QB, stick it up Denver's ass a couple of times a year, and win some playoff games along the way. If Pioli found the right DC it sounds perfect.

FringeNC
01-15-2009, 03:11 PM
It's already been reported that he doesn't want total control.

I think it's a possibility considering how high Belichick is on Shanahan.

Wouldn't Shanahan be working for free, given that likely any money he gets from us is going to be deducted on what's owed from Bowlen? If that's the case, why work?

Hammock Parties
01-15-2009, 03:13 PM
I think it's a possibility considering how high Belichick is on Shanahan.

Wouldn't Shanahan be working for free, given that likely any money he gets from us is going to be deducted on what's owed from Bowlen? If that's the case, why work?

Even if a HC gets fired he's required to seek another job to the best of his ability.

Then there's the little matter of the fire burning in Shanahan's gut.

They took his precious quarterback away from him. And they will pay dearly.

Dr. Johnny Fever
01-15-2009, 03:16 PM
DAMMIT SCOTT!!!!

DTLB58
01-15-2009, 03:19 PM
It's all coming together now.

McDaniels to Denver, Spagnuolo's out of the picture, Schwartz is gone, and Pioli's shining up his axe for Herm's neck.

Bring The Rat.

He is our destiny.

Spag's out of the picture? Jeez, I go to work for 8 hours.....what did I miss???

StcChief
01-15-2009, 03:19 PM
It's all coming together now.

McDaniels to Denver, Spagnuolo's out of the picture, Schwartz is gone, and Pioli's shining up his axe for Herm's neck.

Bring The Rat.

He is our destiny.looking like it unless somebody grabs Shanny....
that Avi is disturbing.:shake:

chief4life
01-15-2009, 03:19 PM
DAMMIT SCOTT!!!!

DAMMIT CARL!!!!! Hehe sorry i had to do it :doh!:

Archie Bunker
01-15-2009, 03:20 PM
Spag's out of the picture? Jeez, I go to work for 8 hours.....what did I miss???

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=200390

Hammock Parties
01-15-2009, 03:23 PM
looking like it unless somebody grabs Shanny....
that Avi is disturbing.:shake:

It is glorious...it is meant to be...it is our dessssssssstiinnnnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

talastan
01-15-2009, 03:25 PM
It is glorious...it is meant to be...it is our dessssssssstiinnnnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

How come you come across as Palpatine when you say crap like this? Claythan is the dark side!

Hammock Parties
01-15-2009, 03:27 PM
How come you come across as Palpatine when you say crap like this? Claythan is the dark side!

And now, young Hermwalker.....you will be fired.

http://i44.tinypic.com/650ktl.gif

googlegoogle
01-15-2009, 03:33 PM
USE DA SCHWARTZ!

http://www.bestweekever.tv/bwe/images/2006/08/spaceballs_large_11.jpg

Skip Towne
01-15-2009, 03:49 PM
And now, young Hermwalker.....you will be fired.

http://i44.tinypic.com/650ktl.gif

So you're hoping for Shanahan? I guess that pecludes you claiming to know who the new coach will be like you did with Pioli.

Hammock Parties
01-15-2009, 03:49 PM
So you're hoping for Shanahan? I guess that pecludes you claiming to know who the new coach will be like you did with Piolo.

I could get word any day.

dirk digler
01-15-2009, 03:58 PM
I could get word any day.

So what are you hearing? Is Herm staying or are we going to try to get a new HC?

InChiefsHell
01-15-2009, 04:10 PM
Why is Spagnuolo out of the picture?

talastan
01-15-2009, 04:11 PM
So what are you hearing? Is Herm staying or are we going to try to get a new HC?

"You just need to purchase a premium membership to this fine publication I represent called WarPaint Illustrated!"/Claythan

InChiefsHell
01-15-2009, 04:12 PM
Oops, just saw the link...

...that's it...another year of Herm...

Brock
01-15-2009, 04:13 PM
So what are you hearing? Is Herm staying or are we going to try to get a new HC?

You have to pay to hear the insider rumors.

donkhater
01-15-2009, 04:18 PM
How come you come across as Palpatine when you say crap like this? Claythan is the dark side!

Really? I pictured George McFly when I read that.

"You are my density. I mean, my destiny."

talastan
01-15-2009, 04:20 PM
Really? I pictured George McFly when I read that.

"You are my density. I mean, my destiny."

ROFL ROFL REP!!

Sam Hall
01-15-2009, 04:25 PM
I lost some interest in Schwartz when I heard his defenses don't blitz a lot.

KChiefs1
01-15-2009, 05:34 PM
MOTHER F**KER!!!!!!!!!!
:cuss:

kobebehar
01-15-2009, 05:39 PM
10 wins for Detroit next year.

TEX
01-15-2009, 05:49 PM
His career is over.

Exactly - WHY would anyone take that job?

Frosty
01-15-2009, 05:54 PM
"Tapped by lions" sounds kind of brutal.

Mr. Laz
01-15-2009, 07:05 PM
who knows .... maybe shannarat is tired of all the extra stuff and might want to just coach again.


i dunno if he will want to stay in the same division though .... he sounded pretty sincere when he was talking about his affection for Bowlen.

KcMizzou
01-15-2009, 07:07 PM
"Tapped by lions" sounds kind of brutal.LMAO

Hammock Parties
01-15-2009, 10:00 PM
who knows .... maybe shannarat is tired of all the extra stuff and might want to just coach again.


i dunno if he will want to stay in the same division though .... he sounded pretty sincere when he was talking about his affection for Bowlen.

Please...the guy has a competitive fire burning in his gut and I guarantee you feels like HIS quarterback was taken away from HIM.

He wants to get back at the Broncos somethin' fierce.

They were right to fire him...he had too much power...but if we get Shanny it is gonna make the rivalry LEGENDARY.

Archie Bunker
01-16-2009, 09:08 AM
Excellent

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3835911

The leading candidate for Schwartz's defensive coordinator post is the Chiefs' Gunther Cunningham. The two coaches once worked together with the Titans.

HC_Chief
01-16-2009, 09:09 AM
Excellent

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3835911

The leading candidate for Schwartz's defensive coordinator post is the Chiefs' Gunther Cunningham. The two coaches once worked together with the Titans.

ROFL

talastan
01-16-2009, 09:12 AM
Excellent

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3835911

The leading candidate for Schwartz's defensive coordinator post is the Chiefs' Gunther Cunningham. The two coaches once worked together with the Titans.

One can only hope :grovel: Please God, take Goonther away!

talastan
01-16-2009, 09:12 AM
"Tapped by lions" sounds kind of brutal.

That is exactly the point, any coach taking that job is going to be screwed! ROFL

Goapics1
01-16-2009, 09:17 AM
http://cmsimg.freep.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?NewTbl=1&Avis=C4&Dato=20090115&Kategori=SPORTS01&Lopenr=115003&Ref=PH&Item=1&MaxW=600&MaxH=450&border=0&Quality=100

Welcome to Hell, Jim.

Archie Bunker
01-16-2009, 09:22 AM
I think we dodged a bullet here. Anyone willing to A) Go to Detroit and B) hire Gunther isn't right in the head IMO.

Hammock Parties
01-16-2009, 09:25 AM
He's a snappy dresser...

L.A. Chieffan
01-16-2009, 09:43 AM
Sanchez shoulda stayed in

KChiefs1
01-16-2009, 09:47 AM
http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2009/01/pioli_hiring_played_part_in_li.html

Chiefs hiring Scott Pioli played part in Lions moving quickly to sign Jim Schwartz

by Tom Kowalski | Analysis Thursday January 15, 2009, 4:25 PM


http://blog.mlive.com/lions_impact/2009/01/medium_090114-chiefs-presser-scott-pioli-as-gm.jpg
AP Photo

When the Kansas City Chiefs introduced Scott Pioli as their new general manager, the Detroit Lions locked down Jim Schwartz as their new head coach before the two former Cleveland Browns employees could be reunited.

When the Kansas City Chiefs hired Scott Pioli to run their football operations on Wednesday, the Detroit Lions knew they had to act quickly in reaching a deal to make Jim Schwartz their new head coach. Pioli and Schwartz go back a long way to their days with the Cleveland Browns in the early 1990s.

Many experts believed that Pioli might fire current head coach Herm Edwards and look for a new coach. The Lions removed one of Pioli's options Thursday when they signed Schwartz to a four-year contract.

There were reports that Pioli and Schwartz didn't get along but, according to a league source, the Lions knew differently. The Lions had a second interview with Schwartz on Monday and also had a second interview with Todd Bowles on Tuesday -- the day the story broke of Pioli going to Kansas City.



The Lions already had an interview set up on Wednesday with Ron Rivera in Houston and took part in that. There were expected to be second interviews with Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, but those never materialized because the Lions made the decision to go after Schwartz.

Schwartz, 42, has been the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans for the last eight years, and brings a blend of both youth and experience to the Detroit job.


http://blog.mlive.com/highlightreel/2009/01/getting_to_know_the_schwartz.html

Getting to know The Schwartz

Posted by Philip Zaroo | MLive.com (http://blog.mlive.com/highlightreel/about.html) January 15, 2009 16:12PM

There are a couple of things you need to know about new Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.

First, as he told Bill Belichick when they first met in the Cleveland Browns organization, fumbles aren't worth focusing on.
New York Times, November 22, 2008: (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/sports/football/23titans.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1&sq=jim%20schwartz&st=cse&scp=1) "Fumbles are a random occurrence," Schwartz said he told Belichick. "Being able to get interceptions or not throw interceptions has a high correlation with good teams. But over the course of a year, good teams don't fumble any more or less than bad teams. Bill didn't agree. He said, 'No, good teams don't fumble the ball.' But actually, they fumble just as often as bad teams."
Second, the NFL's defensive rankings mean little to him. After all, they're based on who's allowing the least yardage.
"Who cares who is leading in yardage?" Schwartz said, pointing out that allowing a 12-yard run raises the total but is meaningless on a third-and-20 play.
Third, Schwartz is known as the Billy Beane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Beane) of football. That's because he approaches the game analytically. He pours over stats and keeps his players on their toes. Just ask the Titans defensive linemen.
Kyle Vanden Bosch said: "Especially from a defensive lineman standpoint, we don't usually pay attention to formations and down and distance. He has that broken down for us. We know what to expect out of certain formations, and what plays they can run. It's unusual for a defensive line. But we have a quiz in front of the whole defense on Friday, and he expects everybody to know that."
But just because he's an unabashed stats and numbers guy, don't think that's all he's about. Schwartz knows there's more to coaching than moving chess pieces (which, by the way, he loves to do in his time off from football).
"Sometimes, that's an easy thing for people in the media to use against you," Schwartz said. " 'Oh, yeah, he can't adjust; he's just a stats guy. They don't really understand the game.' That's why sometimes, the whole stats thing is a dirty word. "If you ask me, Would you rather have a great fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants guy on Sunday, a guy who can dial up plays and he'd be the best in league, or a guy who is best in the league from Monday to Saturday preparing, I respect the guy who prepares. You're not always going to be rolling 7, 7, 7 and be hot every week. But if you prepare well during the week, you'll be consistent from week to week."

talastan
01-16-2009, 10:02 AM
http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2009/01/pioli_hiring_played_part_in_li.html

Chiefs hiring Scott Pioli played part in Lions moving quickly to sign Jim Schwartz



Isn't it nice to have a GM that other teams fear and respect!! Wow what a feeling :clap: