Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions fire OC Scott Linehan along with Jim Schwartz

The Detroit Lions decided after much deliberation Sunday night, to fire head coach Jim Schwartz this morning, ending his five year stint with the team that produced one playoff berth. But while Schwartz was the headline firing of the day int he Motor City, the Lions also gave the boot to another significant member of the staff in offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.


One of the reasons that the Lions struggled down the stretch of the season was the regression yet again of Matthew Stafford and his mechanics. The late game interceptions and the poor decision making hindered the Lions chances and stunted the growth of the offense. But the blame is clearly being place on Linehan, as he’s been shown the door after his high powered offense showed less motor than a canoe.

From Stafford to Calvin Johnson and 1,000 yard rusher Reggie Bush, the Lions offense should have been more explosive than it was in 2013 and that’s saying a lot since the unit looked improved. But Linehan wasn’t getting the job done and has been ousted along with Schwartz. The next question is what offensive minded coach will Detroit bring in next and which offensive guru will they pursue to right the ship and get the Stafford led offense back on track to becoming on elf the NFL’s elite units.

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