Well, Jim Schwartz came. Held conference. And...ummm...well, really no other hard facts to report on fellows. It's still all in the speculation range. Though you have to love the Bobby Layne reference. Nice way to say "I'm interested enough in this job to be learning team history."
With quotes like that, the press conferences should be more fun if nothing else. He also stated he wants the challenge of turning around the Lions. It seems to be assumed going around that the Lions are his top suitor, and it doesn't appear at this point any other teams are going to get in a bidding war with the Lions. Spagnuolo has interviewed several places, but may be asking too much money -- and Frazier and Bowles appear to be on the radar of more teams than just the Lions.
Quick reply to one thing I've seen going about: Jim Schwartz only pressures with the front 4. 2 Things, really: he did much more blitzing/pressuring when he had a weak line and strong secondary...now that he has the opposite, he depends on the line so as not to expose the secondary. In other words, he coordinated a defense and calls it based on his players, not just philosophy. I want to sprint with my girls and help them train to be athletes as they get older. And we sure as heck know how that plan would work! Plan to emphasize your strengths, cover your weaknesses. Nothing wrong with that.
To those in my FFB League: I haven't forgotten those of you who won prizes! Too much to do, too little time. I will get to it post-haste. Promise.
Great thoughts by everyone in the comments sections on this blog -- if you don't read them, go back and do so!! You're missing out on over half the fun if you don't!!
As for HC -- If they hire Schwartz, who do you want to see as OC/DC?
Right now, I wouldn't mind Bowles as DC and Linehan as OC. I could also go for Brian Schottenheimer as OC. He did well in that capacity with the Jets, and it wasn't his fault he had to pander to Favre this season, or that #4's arm gave out at the halfway point. Besides, the defense lost it for the Jets hands down second half of the season. Linehan was good in the OC capacity, and is one of those coaches who is just better as a coordinator than when they have the top spot.
I would, if I could have chosen a coach, picked Marty Shottenheimer -- not on the name, but based on the fact that he took every team he was with into the postseason. Sure, he had a horrendous postseason record -- but wouldn't ANY postseason record at this point be a huge accomplishment for a Lions coach?? Move on from there...
So, your thoughts? What did you think of Schwartz, and does anyone have a link to Video of the presser? Oh yeah, for those who don't know, this is something many teams, including Baltimore and Chicago have done in the past --- it was media availability, not a press conference per se. The cat was out of the bag that he was there for a second interview anyways, so why not make the most of it and see how he does in front of the press?