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NFL’s Black Monday Roundup; Lions Notes

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Black Monday came, and went. Here is a look at all of the action in the NFL that took place yesterday, in case you missed something.

-The Detroit Lions announced the firing of head coach Jim Schwartz, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and receivers coach Tim Lappano.
-Cleveland let go of head coach Rob Chudzinski [Sunday night] after just one season with the Browns.
-Tampa Bay gave the axe to both head coach Greg Schiano and General manager Mark Dominik
-Leslie Frazier is out as head coach in Minnesota
-Mike Shannahan was relieved of his head coaching duties in Washington
-Rex Ryan was ruled safe in New York and will be seeking a long term contract to remain as head coach.
-The New York Giants brass said they would like Tom Coughlin to return next season, but that is up to him.

Breathe easy Lion fans, most of the wishes of Jim Schwartz no longer being the head coach have been answered. In his five years as Detroit Lions head coach he holds a record of 29-51, he did lead the Lions to their only playoff appearance [2011] since 1999. However he will probably be most remembered for the Detroit Lions team this season that was 6-3 at the bye week and then lost 6 of the last 7 games, ultimately eliminating themselves from playoff contention; more importantly winning their division for the first time since 1993. While Schwartz wasn’t really a bad coach, he was not a leader and didn’t bestow that killer instinct in his players to close the door on close games. Imagine where the Lions would be if they hadn’t blown all of those 4th quarter leads!

In another sigh of relief, offensive Scott Linehan has been released as well. Many of you asked, and you have received. In an offense that fell flat on it’s face all too often, this seemed like it was going to happen regardless of their success this season. You cannot have the level of talent that the Detroit Lions do, and have lackluster results. Wrong plays being called, runs in passing situations, passing in run situations, you name it, we saw it.

Tim Lappano was the Detroit Lions Wide Receivers coach and released on Monday also. Needless to say, when you lead the league in dropped passes, you haven’t done your job properly.

Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand said that the coach that will be brought in has to be a leader to lead this team. Also stated that the coach will have the final decision on all of the assistant coaching positions. Lewland was asked a question about the Lions message to their fans, to which he answered, “The bottom-line message is, from our ownership on down, we are unwaveringly committed to bringing a consistently winning football team to this town,” he said. “Immediately.”

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22 Comments

  1. Brett Pratt

    December 31, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Released is such a nicer word than fired.

  2. Joshua Brown

    December 31, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Release Mayhew

  3. Danny Bennett

    December 31, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Why? Mayhew has done a great job bringing in talent.

  4. Bobby Buckley

    December 31, 2013 at 8:48 am

    an why not gunther?

  5. Joshua Brown

    December 31, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Mayhew drafts the best available….anyone can do that. He’s a Matt Millen leftover and his time has run out.

  6. Kevin Penny

    December 31, 2013 at 8:53 am

    The Lions have been like this for a long time. They have had decent talent but seem to lack discipline and coaching. IMO, the problem goes much deeper than the head coach. They have a good start, but need to clean house further up top.

  7. Kevin Havens

    December 31, 2013 at 9:01 am

    If you’re a Lions fan, every Monday is Black Monday.

  8. Levi GP Hunt

    December 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Half of Mayhew’s picks are either still injured or off the team. He’s also part of the reason we overpay for Stafford, Houston, and Delmas. To say Mayhew is great just means you haven’t actually paid attention.

  9. Dave Hensler

    December 31, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Mayhew is awful. How are Titus Young, Broyles, and Leshoure doing? Complete wastes in the 2nd round. Also enjoy Reggie Bush for the next three years guys because he sure as heck won’t produce that whole time.

  10. Brad Arwine

    December 31, 2013 at 9:40 am

    You can’t say Mayhew has been awful based on what you think Bush is going to do. Mayhew hasn’t been great by any means. He’s had some bad picks but if you look around the league it happens a lot. For the first time in a while the Lions have gotten production out of players that weren’t supposed to or overlooked. That falls back on the GM. It’s easy to remember a pick you don’t like rather than picks you loved and say he’s just doing his job. He at the very least deserves one more draft.

  11. Nick Gweedo Guajardo

    December 31, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Dave, after millen mayhew is a vast improvement. And he has drafted very well for the years it’s not like everyone u draft is gonna be a superstar high stock draft picks flop all the time Leaf, Russell, lienhart and I’ll even say Sanchez. Do I think Schwartz should be gone no he was a good coach a lil over aggressive sometimes ie fake field goal sure but u can’t blame home for everything that went wrong this season the fumbles and ints not his fault he can’t make the backs hold on better not to mention this team is a whole lot better Talent wise and Bush is a good pick up

  12. Danny Bennett

    December 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Titus was a good receiver before he went bananas. Yeah, he had some problems in college but nothing that pointed to what happened. If you say you knew all of that would happen, look in the mirror and you’ll see either someone who got a lucky guess or a liar. Broyles has played well when he’s healthy. Since you’re experts in the medical industry tell me the odds of having the same injury in the opposite leg. Not very likely, so that’s Mayhew fault right? Leshoure, sure he didn’t pan out. You’re telling me that every GMs draft picks work out? How about Ziggy, Slay, bringing in Joique Bell, drafting one of the best young offensive lines in the league? None of that matters I guess when you complain for the sake of complaining.

  13. Aaron Schneider

    December 31, 2013 at 10:14 am

    why are you calling it “black monday?” that has a negative connotation to it like comparing it to the stock market crash. This was necessary……Schwartz had five years to build this team, he was given offensive tools to build a juggernaut to move up and down the field. Each year pieces were added so they could outscore their opponents. And this guy was a major defensive coordinator, considered “the sh*t” when he was plucked away from his old team. You would think if he was that good he would get quality defensive players to come to Detroit. This was a guy that never took the reins of the team, never said “I’m in charge and you’re doing it the right way.” He never learned the right way, never had the tools to do it the right way, never had the right assts to do it the right way. It was time for him to go, time to bring in someone that can get this team going in a better direction. There are some quality players here but we need a coach that can bring them together, hold them accountable for actions on/off the field, and get a winner’s mentality in the locker room. Of course it’s all gonna get screwed up as long as Ford is at the helm but who knows.

  14. Jeremy Morris

    December 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Todd Downing should be next. He’s made Stafford look weaker every year!

  15. Joseph Alfaro

    December 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

    so happy there all gone!!!!

  16. Joseph Alfaro

    December 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Matthew stafford needs to go also

  17. Tobi Caballo

    December 31, 2013 at 11:08 am

    In my opinion, blaming just Schwartz and Linehan is too easy. Sure, there is no question about all those questionable play calls like the fake field goal against the Steelers, to name just one. But the Lions’ success during the next decade hangs on the play of No. 9. He played well until bye week, and we went 6-3. He played indescribable poor afterwards, and we went 1-7. So for me it seems obvious that the Lions need a HC or OC who is able to take him to the next level and revamp the whole receiving corps. So defensive minded coaches like Lovie Smith may not be the right answer, above all the defense is not ready to bear the whole team in close games. And if Lewand is as good as his words and wants to hire a coach who will help the team “immediatly”, it will be a coach who can revamp the offense. And my feelings tell me it will be Wisenhurst.

  18. Kenneth Ray

    December 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Stafford is a decent QB with the right coach like shanahan he can be one of the best he is a gun slinger such as Farve Elway Rogers….he throws hard he needs receiver’s that will catch the ball

  19. Casey Allen

    December 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I wish stafford would leave too :(

  20. Jason Kenski

    December 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Now we need to find a way to get rid of Mr. Burns aka William Clay Ford. He brought us the Edsel, what makes you think he can run a football team?

  21. Ron Williams

    January 1, 2014 at 1:37 am

    fire Gunther Cunningham too!

  22. DannyBennett

    January 1, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I’m still alright with Gunther, after this season as well. The defense really put the offense in a lot of good situation’s this year and they couldn’t capitalize. Before this season I was on board with the replacement of Gunther Cunningham, but the defense really seemed to come together for the pieces that are there. I don’t put it on him that the corner back position is very flaky. It’s his job to coach the talent that he has, and sometimes the talent just isn’t quite there.

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