Jim Schwartz took over a team coming off an 0-16 year in 2009. He won two games as a rookie coach, six games in 2010, and made the playoffs with a 10-win season in 2011. And then it fell apart.
In control of the NFC North the Lions lost six of their last seven to miss the playoffs. Barbs with players, media members and cussing at fans only aided in speeding up his departure.
General manager Martin Mayhew will stay. The Lions have one of the most talented squads in the NFL and with a franchise quarterback in place will be a desired destination in 2014.
The same fate fell on Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano.
Schiano lasted two seasons in Tampa Bay before his demeanor wore thin. During that time he managed a 11-21 record with a roster largely devoid of talent.
Losses in four of the Buccaneers last give sealed his fate. He has already been linked to Penn State if Bill O’Brien leaves.