Thursday, January 15, 2009

I see your Schwartz is as big as mine

The Detroit Lions, fresh off a perfect 0-16 season, have apparently named Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz as the successor to the deposed Rod Marinelli.

Now, I don't know a lot about this guy, but he's certainly worked for the right people (Bill Belichick and Jeff Fisher). The Titans defense he ran this season had some teeth to it -- it certainly wasn't his unit's fault that Tennessee lost to Baltimore in the divisional round. And he certainly doesn't have to do much to be considered an improvement.

However, the most important move the Lions could have made came in late September, when the Ford family finally did what it should have done years ago and fired then-general manager Matt Millen. The Lions organization was like the proverbial dead fish, rotting from the head down. Millen had to go. Honestly, at this point, it doesn't matter who is coaching the team. Millen is gone, and so is the culture of losing that he fostered.

Plus, this hiring gave me a reason to use the above title for this post. That alone makes him a winner in my book.

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