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07:53 AM ET 12.26 | If Detroit is compelled to move on from Jim Schwartz, who might replace him? The Lions -- like the New York Jets -- probably feel compelled to make it a clean sweep now. But where the Fords go from here remains to be seen. My hunch is they already have a pretty good idea. And if there's a change -- and assuming general manager Martin Mayhew isn't packing his bags, too -- I'd think the name of San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is near the top of the wish list. He fits the obvious criteria for any Lions search, starting with the fact that he took the Arizona Cardinals -- and Bidwills, the NFL's other First Family of Football Futility -- to a Super Bowl. (In fact, he did it the same year the Lions went 0-16.)

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December 26, 2013  08:00 AM ET

Give him another year,.........

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December 26, 2013  08:40 AM ET

With. Their defense they would be nuts not . To offer Rex the job! !!

December 26, 2013  08:42 AM ET

He has to be gone....clean house, he has no control of this team......the NFC North was there for easy pickings this year and they still blow it...geez

December 26, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Throw the bum out. Get new blood, and not one of the unemployed NFL cast offs.

December 26, 2013  08:59 AM ET

He's not the one making (or not )making the plays. The players need a kick in the pants.

December 26, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Replace him only if you can find the perfect candidate first. NFL history full of QBs, coaches, etc. who were replaced with someone even worse.

December 26, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Schwartz has been better than most people realize for Detroit. Early on, he gave them a sense of balance and helped them make the playoffs. Now, perhaps it is time for change.A Tom Coughlin type would be good.

+1

Everyone forgets how bad Detroit was when he arrived. But I think they've seen everything Schwartz can do, and it's not enough any more.

December 26, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's not the one making (or not )making the plays. The players need a kick in the pants.

And a new Head Coach.

December 26, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

But I think they've seen everything Schwartz can do, and it's not enough any more.

Exactly.

December 26, 2013  09:47 AM ET

The Lions. A disappointment for years.

December 26, 2013  10:11 AM ET

He had the healthiest, most talented on the field, team in his division and still missed the playoffs. His prize franchise QB has regressed. If he could not get it done this year, then why would anyone think it will happen in the future? Hard to imagine the NFC North being this bad again.

December 26, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He had the healthiest, most talented on the field, team in his division and still missed the playoffs. His prize franchise QB has regressed. If he could not get it done this year, then why would anyone think it will happen in the future? Hard to imagine the NFC North being this bad again.

Really, with at least a 10-win Cards possibly siting the playoffs out. But if Rodgers plays Sunday and wins like I think at least someone will put up a good show for the North.

December 26, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Schwartz has been better than most people realize for Detroit. Early on, he gave them a sense of balance and helped them make the playoffs. Now, perhaps it is time for change.A Tom Coughlin type would be good.

The Lions need a more laid back coach.

December 26, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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But if Rodgers plays Sunday and wins like I think at least someone will put up a good show for the North.

I don't think Chicago or Green Bay has the defense to do that much in the post-season.

Plus, Aaron Rodgers has nearly two months worth of rust to work out. It'll take more than one game to do that.

December 26, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The Lions need a more laid back coach.

Not necessarily laid-back, just one who enforces discipline and isn't a hot-head.

December 26, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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I don't think Chicago or Green Bay has the defense to do that much in the post-season.Plus, Aaron Rodgers has nearly two months worth of rust to work out. It'll take more than one game to do that.

Give him one game he'll be in like Flynn. Or as good as.

December 26, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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I don't think Chicago or Green Bay has the defense to do that much in the post-season.Plus, Aaron Rodgers has nearly two months worth of rust to work out. It'll take more than one game to do that.

Neither team plays good defense but the Packers are the better team with Rodgers at QB.

December 26, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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Give him one game he'll be in like Flynn. Or as good as.

If the Packers start Flynn the Bears will win the division.

 
December 26, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Give him one game he'll be in like Flynn. Or as good as.

That doesn't account for their defense, though. If they get past Chicago, they aren't as tough to beat at Lambeau as they used to be.

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