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07:33 AM ET 01.08 | On the day Detroit announced the dismissal of Jim Schwartz, team president Tom Lewand said the franchise had a detailed profile of what the next head coach needs to look like. Based on the five candidates linked to Detroit through the initial stages of the team's coaching search, that profile might as well be a single sheet of paper that says, "Not Jim Schwartz." Detroit has interviewed two candidates, has a third interview set up for later this week and has requested permission to talk to two others. The reoccurring themes, thus far, are each candidate has an offensive background and, at some level, head coaching experience. How strange. It's almost like the Lions hired a defensive coach with no head coaching experience and things didn't work out.

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January 8, 2014  07:42 AM ET

May the Schwartz no longer be with you.

January 8, 2014  08:05 AM ET

The anti-Schwartz? Does that mean they want to go back to being 0-16?

January 8, 2014  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The anti-Schwartz? Does that mean they want to go back to being 0-16?

nah,....just a coach that'll tell Suh to ''stop'' stomping on opposing/player's body-parts = after the ~whistle~,....!,....*wink*.

January 8, 2014  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

nah,....just a coach that'll tell Suh to ''stop'' stomping on opposing/player's body-parts = after the ~whistle~,....!,....*wink*.

I know they needed to fire Schwartz, but I think Detroit should keep in mind that Schwartz took over a horrible franchise and it took a lot of work just to get them to be disappointing underachievers.

January 8, 2014  08:21 AM ET

Safe to say, it's pretty standard procedure to fire a guy and find someone who is different. But these are the Lions...

January 8, 2014  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Safe to say, it's pretty standard procedure to fire a guy and find someone who is different. But these are the Lions...

True that...

January 8, 2014  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I know they needed to fire Schwartz, but I think Detroit should keep in mind that Schwartz took over a horrible franchise and it took a lot of work just to get them to be disappointing underachievers.

True. But they've had high first round draft pick for I don't know say.. 25 years and still are the NFL's version of futility.

January 8, 2014  08:26 AM ET

Schwartz issue isn't that he was a defensive minded coach. His issue was that his teams played undisciplined, dirty, and underperformed for the talent they had.

January 8, 2014  08:33 AM ET

"The reoccurring themes, thus far, are each candidate has an offensive background..."

I can't imagine a coach more offensive than Schwartz.

January 8, 2014  08:36 AM ET

Shouldn't be too hard to find the anti-Schwartz. Anyone that is not an a/s/s qualifies.

January 8, 2014  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

"The reoccurring themes, thus far, are each candidate has an offensive background..."I can't imagine a coach more offensive than Schwartz.

I see what you did there......


Well done.

January 8, 2014  08:46 AM ET

Another problem the Lions had in the past that still halts them today is they always finish with a bad record. They pick in the top five of the draft in most years and before they changed the pay scale for rookies they had to pay them big money to sign them and in return eat up a lot of their cap space and had to carry secondary players on the roster to stay under the cap.

January 8, 2014  08:49 AM ET

Not just rookies. Look at what Megatron and Stafford are making, and you see why they will have trouble keeping talent for years to come.

January 8, 2014  09:10 AM ET

Might add to that list a coach who is mature enough to be respected by the players, who can instill discipline (but Bill Belichick is not available).

January 8, 2014  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

"The reoccurring themes, thus far, are each candidate has an offensive background..."I can't imagine a coach more offensive than Schwartz.

You have to remember that Detroit has already spoken to the Seahawks about interviewing Sluggo Tom Cable. That should really spice up the after game handshake with Jim Harbaugh.

January 8, 2014  09:31 AM ET
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Sluggo Tom Cable

The Cable Guy is still around? I liked his attitude, but I don't think he's HC material.

January 8, 2014  09:32 AM ET

The LIONS have pasted up a lot of great head coach's for years for morons that can coach and flea to jump. Now Stafford has to put his two cents in for the new head coach. Stafford is out to save his job. Knowing the LIONS they will hire a loser because FORD has and better idea.

January 8, 2014  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The Cable Guy is still around? I liked his attitude, but I don't think he's HC material.

He's been with the Hawks since 2011 and is getting a lot of credit for Seattle's run game, although, given their running back, that's kind of like Josh McDaniels getting credit for running New England's offense.

January 8, 2014  09:40 AM ET

I think the lions were secretly hoping Coughlin was fired. They would have scooped him up before he cleared out his NY office.

 
January 8, 2014  09:58 AM ET

Lions have a history of mismanagement, and not picking top coaches, so I don't expect this pick to be the savior. Is Joe Schmidt still around??:)

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