Playoff Berth Will Determine Jim Schwartz' Future
By Allen Kim
The pressure’s on in Detroit. There are two games left in the regular season, and if Lions head coach Jim Schwartz can’t turn things around and secure a playoff berth, he could very well get the boot.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that it’s playoffs or bust for Schwartz. The Lions have missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons under Schwartz, and despite their strong start to the season, the losses are starting to pile up. They’ve now lost the lead in the NFC North, and things are looking bleak in Motor City.
Schwartz has a 29-47 record in the regular season with Detroit, and his only playoff appearance ended in a loss. He simply has not been able to get the job done in Detroit, and he’s led the team to only one winning season.
The team is stocked with talent, and this year may have been one of their best chances of winning the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers has been sidelined with a broken collarbone, and the Bears’ once-feared defense is a shell of its former self.
The Lions finish the year with games against the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. If they lose one or both games, they may very well kiss any chance of making the postseason goodbye.