The Lions have fired coach Jim Schwartz. He will get consideration in ..."/> The Lions have fired coach Jim Schwartz. He will get consideration in ..."/>

Browns coaching search; newly fired coach on the radar?


Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz looks on during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After mentioning that the Detroit Lions fired Jim SchwartzJason LaCanfora immediately mentioned the possibility of him at least being considered in Cleveland as a head coach.  The reasons why the team would take a look at him would make sense, but hiring him in that capacity is another matter.  Schwartz worked with the Cleveland Browns when Bill Belichick and Mike Lombardi were in Cleveland before the move, so it would be understandable if Lombardi were to reach out to him.

The problem for Schwartz as a head coach is what has happened to him in Detroit.  The Browns, among other reasons, fired Rob Chudzinski, because of a reported lack of accountability in the locker room that Chud allowed to occur.  There may not have been a team that was less accountable than the Lions under Schwartz.  Personal fouls, bad mistakes, turnovers, so on and so forth were commonplace in Detroit.  In fact, they seemed to embrace basically being an outlaw team on defense for a little bit.

Schwartz could conceivably be brought in as an assistant coach.  His expertise is as a defensive line coach, but much of his past is with four man fronts.  That is about as far as that connection can and should go.