Calvin Johnson and Jim Schwartz News and Notes

Aside from the known injury to Calvin Johnson’s knee, apparently he is suffering from an ankle injury as well, and has been for the past couple weeks. Well, that would explain why his production numbers have been slashed by nearly fifty percent. Jim Schwartz was asked about the multiple injuries and the severity of those to which he stated that he didn’t believe that it would require any surgery to recover from them. This has led to some speculation starting early this morning about Megatron being “shut down” for their Week 17 match-up against the Minnesota Vikings.

There really is no reason for Calvin to go out and play and risk any further injury, as the game is rather meaningless now, following the loss to the New York Giants in overtime on Sunday evening. Aside from a moral victory, the Detroit Lions have absolutely nothing to gain, unless the Jim Schwartz saga will get one final look before anything is set in stone.

Which brings me to my next point.

Jim Schwartz, you’re a likable guy. You’re a players coach, the locker room likes you, but you have had five years, and quite a talented team most of the time, and only have one winning season to show for it. With rumors swirling about a “playoffs or bust” scenario for Schwartz, it seems like it is almost inevitable that there will at least be a new head coach in the Motor City. While that could be good, it could also spell out more trouble for Detroit, as Nate Burleson noted in his locker room interview after Sunday’s tough loss. “I’ve seen things get blown up from the inside, and the next few years are not what they [the organization or the fans] want.” That is true, however, it’s very tough to see the positive spin on that if you’re a fan of a team who is arguably one of the most talented teams in the league; who are also one of the most undisciplined teams in the league. That stuff falls on the coaching, plain and simple. Jim Schwartz talks about accountability after every loss at the postgame press conferences; talking about it and following through with it are two different things.

The Lions are undisciplined because they aren’t coached with the thought of “if I do this, I will be in the dog house,” rather than a “it doesn’t matter” attitude. These are just the issues on the defensive side of the ball. The offense has similar discipline problems, but they are also the victims of bad play calling by offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Passing the ball on third and short situations, are the most notable calls from these past two weeks.

While it is easy to call for the coach and his staff’s heads, we also have to look at both sides of the fence. Firing Jim Schwartz will sting a little bit as he is still has more than $12 million left on his contract. While Linehan has questionable and predictable calls at times, his “pass happy” offense is perfect for Calvin Johnson to play in and make sure they are taking advantage of having the best receiver in the game. How would that affect Megatron to have a new coordinator come in, especially at this point in his career? A player of Calvin Johnson’s caliber only comes along every once-in-a-while and certainly needs to be a focal point of any teams offense.

The grass always seems greener on the other side, sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t. The question is, do we give it another shot to see if we can get that “one play” that everyone in the Lions locker room keeps talking about, or do we start all over?

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  1. Just like with the Detroit Tigers… The pieces are in place to perform at a higher level. We have stars on both sides of the ball and the coaches are not getting the job done. This was our year to at least make the playoffs. All we need is a proven coach to finally pull it together before the clock runs out for megatron as it did for Barry. Parcells, Bill Cowher , Gruden, Jimmy johnson

  2. It’s funny to read the comments posted by people about the article… Like the guy who spelled “offenseive” in such an offensive way. Or the one that thinks we should trade our 1st and 2nd picks for Demaryius Thomas. And then the guy who suggests trading Burleson for a 2nd rounder. Because that is a legitimate idea. Then the guy that wants to trade for Manning. That’s a possibility too! Or guy that thinks we get rid of Stafford… We are fairly handcuffed to his contract. Such great ideas by all! Thank you for entertaining me today!

  3. It stupid when people talk down about Stafford for interceptions I understand he has quite a few but a lot of them came off deflections from receivers that we’re very Catchable passes I bet half of them we’re from that reason alone.

  4. So I’ve thrown this idea around and it’s a theory I formulated after the loss to Philly. Lions fire Schwartz and hire Les Miles. Anyone agree or disagree? A lot of people I’ve told agree it’d be a good move.

  5. Coach Jim Schwartz Don’t care if the Lions organization fire him anyway , they will have to pay him 12 million ,so he just sitting there laughing at the Ford family he rob them 29-50 record.

  6. I’ve been watching this team for 34 years. We will NEVER get a “good” head coach. Never. Name one former Lions coach that went on to coach elsewhere. Name one. Careers END here…they are not made. Good coaches know that.

  7. Let’s just address all the comments.
    1) Schwartz and Co need to go. 1-4 in terms of winning seasons just doesn’t do it and while nobody can argue we are so much better than last year for the hand we got played we should be at 12-13 wins. That screams volumes about this staff and team.
    2) get rid of Matt stafford and replace him with who? I mean I guess you could reach on someone who was going to be in the second round. You could try to gun for Peyton Manning. But overall I don’t think either or those will work.
    3) players to get rid of: Willie young for a 6/7 round pick. Nate Burleson for a second round or linebacker of similar talent, Darius slay for a second/third/ or fourth round pick (TRUST ME). David Akers for anything (bring in Rugland).
    All of these players are worth something also trade up for another pick first round pick in the draft. Grab a WR and CB in the first round. Then address CB and Linebacker mostly. You need em.

  8. They need jon gruden or brian billick to be the new head coach. Great QB coach and took tampa bay to their 1rst superbowl.
    And next teach the team dicipline, which gruden is great at too.

  9. Any offenseive coordinator that would come would want to make calvin the center of offense duh. Schwartz is not a head coach. Prolly be better assistant coach.

  10. Burleson is part of the problem too. He seems to be more concerned about his future media career (which he sucks at by the way) than he does playing a full game. I think he is afraid that he will be one of the players released when the new coaching staff takes over.
    They need an offensive coordinator, QB and receiver coaching and get rid of Delmas before he hurts any more of our own players! A quality head coach would see these glaring weaknesses so obviously the Schwartz is the wrong guy for the job….

  11. I don’t see Schwartz leaving. I do see that the Lions need another receiver to go along with Calvin.
    All the Lions need to either go threw military training or martial arts training to help their discipline.
    If anyone needs to depart Detroit it would be Matthew ( interception) Stafford.

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