Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz Avoids Pitfalls Of Previous Regime

August 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In football, more than most sports, the head coach has a significant impact on what happens on the field.
In the case of the Detroit Lions, it has been years of futility in that department. This trend, however, appears to have been broken by current head coach Jim Schwartz.
When I think back to some of the things that Rod Marinelli used to say and do, it doesn’t surprise me that he led the Lions to the first 0-16 record in NFL history.
Here are some of the mistakes that were a staple of the Marinelli era that Schwartz has avoided repeating.
"You can put it on me"
While it is admirable that Marinelli wanted to protect his players in the media, the fact that he came out week after week and said “you can put it on me” became somewhat of a joke. If it were true that every Lions loss was his fault, he should have quit. Any man of honor, as Marinelli liked to be portrayed, would have removed himself from his coach’s position in hop...

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