On Thanksgiving, the Lions shellacked the Packers 40-10 to go to 7-5 and earn a spot alone atop the NFC North. Minnesota was out of contention while Chicago and Green Bay were starting backup quarterbacks. Everything seemed to be in place for Detroit to run away with the division.
Since then, however, the Lions have gone 0-3 and will not make the playoffs. In five seasons with Jim Schwartz at the helm, Detroit has gone 29-50 and does not have a postseason victory. That body of work is not good enough for most NFL coaches to remain employed, but it remains to be seen if Schwartz will get the axe.
While Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Lions could clean house entirely, Adam Schefter claims that the Lions are “on the fence” about Schwartz, but “leaning towards keeping him”.
Fans of the other three NFC North teams are assuredly rooting for the latter.