Even though the Lions are now eliminated from playoff contention, Schwartz still has the support of his players, at least publicly.
“It sucks because the man puts us in a good situation, he prepares us well, guys believe in him,” said middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch. “He’s a players’ coach. We all believe in him, we all respect him as a man. Unfortunately, the ball bounces that way or this happens and we’re behind the eight-ball. He’s done a good job. He’s prepared us week in and week out, put us in good situations as far as what to expect. Unfortunately, we can’t get over the hump.”
Has Schwartz been fired yet? I want an early Xmas present!!— Jeff T (@JET850) December 23, 2013
“The scrutiny is on everybody, not just Jim,” said wide receiver Nate Burleson. “Mostly it’s on the guys who wear the jerseys. It’s just the nature of the business. When it’s good it’s great and the praise is everything you would want. When it’s bad, the criticism comes like an avalanche. We understand that it’s coming. All we can do is let it happen and see what choices are made from here.”
Schwartz wasn’t the only one to face criticism after the loss.
Although things before the game seemed like they were going fine for Kelly Hall, the girlfriend of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, things didn’t turn out so well after she went on Twitter following the loss.
Matthew Stafford's GF weighed in on fans booing---then some dude dropped the greatest tweet ever. pic.twitter.com/57drmfRsXD— World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) December 23, 2013
The Lions are reportedly already “mulling candidates” to possibly replace Schwartz.
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