Their coach will be fired by the end of this season. Yes everyone knows this. After reading a good article by route4sports.com writer Jason Feirman, Swartz basically cursed out the home crowd last Sunday after another embarrassing lose to the New York Giants. Here's what Jason's opinion was on the situation.
Schwartz will not be with the Lions next season nor should he be. This division was theirs for the taking and flat out blew it with back to back home losses against mediocre teams. He will certainly be fined by the league for his actions Sunday if such a rule does indeed exist and will coach his last meaningless game next week on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. It's been quite an interesting ride their Jim. From (0 - 16) to making the playoffs and now becoming the Dallas Cowboys of the North, this roller coaster is over! Read More...Not only are they looking at losing the coach after this season. I'm also puzzled to see what Matthew Stafford brings to the table as a quarterback. He has had some great seasons due to Calvin Johnson as his safety net. Looking at his game however he make dumb decisions, his mechanics are often marginal at best. Without Johnson I'm not sure that he would be in any conversations at all as a starter in this league. Another thing about Stafford is that his team is undisciplined. He is supposed to be a leader but he doesn't seem to be very vocal at all when everything really boils down. I wouldn't want my franchise quarterback to timid in the locker room at all.
Stafford also has another puzzling statistic... he can't win against teams that finish the season with winning records. For his career he is a staggering 1-23 in starts against teams that end the season with a winning record. Let's not forget Stafford is a 72 million dollar man because of the rookie contract he got as a number #1 pick before the collective bargaining agreement. That's a ton of money to have locked up on a quarterback that can't perform for you in big games or even get you over that hump deep into the playoffs.
Should the Lions possibly start looking for alternate options at quarterback? Especially since they will be getting a new head coach. The temporary solution would be to get a head coach that can be disciplined and maybe revive Stafford in his mechanics and decisions. They really need to evaluate him closer to see if he can be that long term solution.