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January 16, 2009 | staff and wire reports
The Detroit Lions agreed on a four-year deal Thursday with Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to be their coach. Schwartz will try to lead a turnaround for the NFL's first 0-16 team. The Lions fired Rod Marinelli two weeks ago. "After an extensive search that included several highly qualified coaches, we are thrilled that Jim Schwartz will become our team's head coach," President Tom Lewand said in a statement.
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December 30, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Jim Schwartz is out in Detroit. The Lions fired their coach Monday, according to multiple reports, after the team finished 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs. Schwartz, who took over a team that was coming off a winless season in 2008, was 29-51 in five seasons with one playoff appearance, a loss. At one point this season, the Lions were 6-3 with a two-game lead in the NFC North. They were the only team in the division to have one quarterback start all 16 games. The Lions went 1-6 down the stretch, however, blowing fourth-quarter leads in all six of those defeats.
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November 23, 2009
Key: Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had an injured shoulder, threw his fifth touchdown pass from one yard to Brandon Pettigrew, and Jason Hanson's extra point with no time on the clock gave Detroit a thrilling win. Lions said: "He just said, 'I'm ready.' He could walk." -- Jim Schwartz, coach, on Stafford's playing despite an injury Browns said: "We had plenty of opportunities, and at the end we just couldn't close it out." -- Eric Mangini, coach
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December 21, 2013 | Sam Farmer
D is for disheartening, devastation and disappointment. D is also for Dallas and Detroit. In a matter of weeks, the Cowboys and Lions have gone from the thick of the playoff race to a race to the bottom. They are a combined 0-4 since posting Thanksgiving wins and have tumbled from the top of their respective divisions. Both teams were 7-5 after their Nov. 28 victories, with the Lions seeded third in the NFC and the Cowboys seeded fourth. The Cowboys and Lions are now seeded eighth and ninth, respectively, and both Dallas' Jason Garrett and Detroit's Jim Schwartz are dangling by threads.
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October 19, 2009
Key: Aaron Rodgers passed for 358 yards and two touchdowns and rookie linebacker Clay Matthews III had two sacks to lead the Packers, who played a Lions team that had to turn to third-string quarterback Drew Stanton after backup Daunte Culpepper was injured. Packers said: "It couldn't come in a better place -- at home in front of the fans I've played in front of for so many years." -- Donald Driver, receiver, on his 596th career reception to make him the team's all-time leader Lions said: "You can't sugarcoat it. You'll have a hard time finding the silver lining in this one."
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December 21, 2009
Key: Kurt Warner threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 1:54 left and Arizona clinched the NFC West for the second consecutive season, its first back-to-back titles since the 1974-75 seasons. The Cardinals had blown a 17-0 lead. Cardinals said: "We're not happy with how we played. We know we need to improve, but the opportunity to win double digits, I don't know the last time a Cardinals team was able to do that." -- Larry Fitzgerald, receiver (Cardinals last did it in 1976.
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February 1, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
NEW ORLEANS - John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, stepped onto the convention center stage wearing a suit, a tie and a smile. Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, followed him wearing khakis, sweatshirt and a stare. John Harbaugh gave a 184-word opening statement in which he celebrated the moment as an honor, recognized family members in the audience and offered a glimpse into his team's afternoon schedule. The word count for Jim Harbaugh's opening statement was two: "I concur.
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December 21, 2013 | Sam Farmer
D is for disheartening, devastation and disappointment. D is also for Dallas and Detroit. In a matter of weeks, the Cowboys and Lions have gone from the thick of the playoff race to a race to the bottom. They are a combined 0-4 since posting Thanksgiving wins and have tumbled from the top of their respective divisions. Both teams were 7-5 after their Nov. 28 victories, with the Lions seeded third in the NFC and the Cowboys seeded fourth. The Cowboys and Lions are now seeded eighth and ninth, respectively, and both Dallas' Jason Garrett and Detroit's Jim Schwartz are dangling by threads.
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December 30, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Jim Schwartz is out in Detroit. The Lions fired their coach Monday, according to multiple reports, after the team finished 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs. Schwartz, who took over a team that was coming off a winless season in 2008, was 29-51 in five seasons with one playoff appearance, a loss. At one point this season, the Lions were 6-3 with a two-game lead in the NFC North. They were the only team in the division to have one quarterback start all 16 games. The Lions went 1-6 down the stretch, however, blowing fourth-quarter leads in all six of those defeats.
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November 22, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Lions Coach Jim Schwartz made a mistake that probably cost Detroit a chance to beat the Houston Texans in the first game of a Thanksgiving Day tripleheader. In a back-and-forth game that ended with the Texans winning in overtime, 34-31, Schwartz threw the challenge flag on a disputed touchdown pass play by Houston. One problem. All touchdowns are automatically reviewed in NFL games. So, the challenge flag is kind of like piling on the officials, who promptly handed out an unsportsmanlike penalty, subsequently negating a review of the play.
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February 1, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
NEW ORLEANS - John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, stepped onto the convention center stage wearing a suit, a tie and a smile. Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, followed him wearing khakis, sweatshirt and a stare. John Harbaugh gave a 184-word opening statement in which he celebrated the moment as an honor, recognized family members in the audience and offered a glimpse into his team's afternoon schedule. The word count for Jim Harbaugh's opening statement was two: "I concur.
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November 22, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Lions Coach Jim Schwartz made a mistake that probably cost Detroit a chance to beat the Houston Texans in the first game of a Thanksgiving Day tripleheader. In a back-and-forth game that ended with the Texans winning in overtime, 34-31, Schwartz threw the challenge flag on a disputed touchdown pass play by Houston. One problem. All touchdowns are automatically reviewed in NFL games. So, the challenge flag is kind of like piling on the officials, who promptly handed out an unsportsmanlike penalty, subsequently negating a review of the play.
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September 11, 2012 | Sam Farmer
One of the more intriguing moments of Detroit's game at San Francisco on Sunday night will come in the 61st minute. As long as the game doesn't go into overtime, that's when coaches Jim Schwartz of the Lions and Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers will meet at midfield for a postgame handshake. That proved to be quite a dustup in Detroit 11 months ago, after the 49ers' 25-19 comeback victory at Ford Field. A hard handshake and dismissive backslap by the supercharged Harbaugh infuriated Schwartz, who took a moment to process the situation, then ran back to confront the visiting coach.
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October 17, 2011 | Sam Farmer
In the end, the Throw-Down in Motown didn't amount to much. The NFL decided Monday not to fine San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh or Detroit Coach Jim Schwartz for their postgame dust-up at Ford Field, when a hard handshake and backslap by Harbaugh led to a heated exchange that required the coaches be separated. The incident happened after the 49ers handed the Lions their first loss, 25-19, and led to a brief standoff between the teams before they headed up the tunnel to their locker rooms.
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October 16, 2011 | Sam Farmer
Separation Sunday is in the books. The Green Bay Packers separated themselves from the top of the NFL, emerging from the weekend at 6-0 and the league's only undefeated team. The Indianapolis Colts separated themselves in the other direction, dropping to a league-worst 0-6. St. Louis is 0-5 and Miami, which plays at the New York Jets on Monday, is 0-4. And then there's the separation that had millions of viewers rewinding their DVRs — the quarrelsome quarantine of coaches Jim Schwartz of Detroit and Jim Harbaugh of San Francisco.
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September 15, 2010 | Wire reports
The Detroit Lions will start Shaun Hill at quarterback in Sunday's home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles as Matthew Stafford recovers from a shoulder injury. Coach Jim Schwartz did not say Wednesday when Stafford might play again. "We're going to start Shaun Hill at quarterback on Sunday, and then after that we'll see what happens," Schwartz said. Stafford was back at practice but stood to the side in his jersey and a baseball cap while Hill and Drew Stanton participated in drills.
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October 17, 2011 | Sam Farmer
In the end, the Throw-Down in Motown didn't amount to much. The NFL decided Monday not to fine San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh or Detroit Coach Jim Schwartz for their postgame dust-up at Ford Field, when a hard handshake and backslap by Harbaugh led to a heated exchange that required the coaches be separated. The incident happened after the 49ers handed the Lions their first loss, 25-19, and led to a brief standoff between the teams before they headed up the tunnel to their locker rooms.
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September 15, 2010 | Wire reports
The Detroit Lions will start Shaun Hill at quarterback in Sunday's home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles as Matthew Stafford recovers from a shoulder injury. Coach Jim Schwartz did not say Wednesday when Stafford might play again. "We're going to start Shaun Hill at quarterback on Sunday, and then after that we'll see what happens," Schwartz said. Stafford was back at practice but stood to the side in his jersey and a baseball cap while Hill and Drew Stanton participated in drills.
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December 21, 2009
Key: Kurt Warner threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 1:54 left and Arizona clinched the NFC West for the second consecutive season, its first back-to-back titles since the 1974-75 seasons. The Cardinals had blown a 17-0 lead. Cardinals said: "We're not happy with how we played. We know we need to improve, but the opportunity to win double digits, I don't know the last time a Cardinals team was able to do that." -- Larry Fitzgerald, receiver (Cardinals last did it in 1976.
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November 23, 2009
Key: Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had an injured shoulder, threw his fifth touchdown pass from one yard to Brandon Pettigrew, and Jason Hanson's extra point with no time on the clock gave Detroit a thrilling win. Lions said: "He just said, 'I'm ready.' He could walk." -- Jim Schwartz, coach, on Stafford's playing despite an injury Browns said: "We had plenty of opportunities, and at the end we just couldn't close it out." -- Eric Mangini, coach
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