I'm sure that by this late hour, all of my regular readers are well aware that the Lions pulled the trigger on hiring Jim Schwartz as the new Head Coach of the Lions. I like the choice, and have said a bit about why earlier.
There is, as can be expected, plenty of thoughts out there on the matter. Drew Sharp, whose little black cloud of doom appears to have left town with Matt Millen, likes the choice -- and makes the great point that the staff Schwartz assembles will be just as, if not more important, than he is.
DetroitLions.com has a press release (copied dutifully at ESPN, SI.com, NFL.com, and other places with small variations) and I'm sure we will know more after tomorrow's presser.
Jeff Fisher indicated that he thinks Schwartz has been ready for the next step for a few years, and he can afford to be gracious because he is one of the NFL's best, and he already has a couple of good in-house replacements for Schwartz. Schwartz has been coming in second in HC interviews after talking to about 2-3 teams for the last 2 or 3 years, so his landing a position is no surprise to the Titans.
Despite early jump-on-the-bandwagon of a QB #1 fans out there (still way too early to look at that yet) thinking Schwartz's Bobby Layne comments means a #1 QB overall, Dave Birkett points out that may not be the case. I'll add that Schwartz is a statistics guy -- which means he knows all too well how the percentages don't favor #1 overall QB's and top ten WR.
Finally, it looks like the Rams, according to NFL.com's Schefter are looking at hiring Leslie Frazier (or Steve Spgnuolo according to Yahoo!)this weekend -- Jim Haslett will be back on the coordinator market this weekend then. Also, depending on who the Jets hire, it appears that Brian Schottenheimer may be done in NY -- he is someone who I wouldn't mind seeing as an OC. However, things would have to happen pretty quick. I want to see Schwartz have his coordinators in place, and most of his staff by no later than Monday. With Schwartz getting hired by Detroit, that is the third coaching position filled (McDaniels and Mangini to Denver & Cleveland, respectively) the pace is really accelerating. Also, with so many Coordinators being hired into HC positions this ifseason, it means that there are going to be vacancies to be filled both by the new HC and the existing ones --- this is going to lead to a very lean market for good coordinators this season, and getting them locked in soon is imperative.
Obviously, breaking news of this coaching hire has interrupted the 3-4 and 4-3 stories I was writing, but don't worry -- there is plenty of ifseason left.