After a brief meeting Monday morning, the Detroit Lions have fired head coach Jim Schwartz, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
Jim Schwartz fired.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2013
Schwartz spent five seasons with the Lions, accumulating an overall record of 29-51 (.363 winning percentage) with only one winning season when the Lions went 10-6 in '11 with a postseason appearance. The Lions went 11-21 over the last two seasons, including 7-9 in '13 where the Lions had an advantage with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers missing their starting quarterbacks for significant portions of the season.
Neither Jay Gruden nor Mike Zimmer are connected to Detroit, but we could see both being a candidate. Detroit has talented players but continue to disappoint, especially in a division that was theirs for the taking this season. On the NFL Network, insider Mike Silver believes that they'll go offense.
Detroit has the sixth head coaching vacancy, joining Washington, Minnesota, Houston, Tampa Bay, and Cleveland.