Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz Survives “Black Monday”

Posted at 10:10 PM, Dec 31, 2012

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Seven NFL coaches were fired on “Black Monday,” but Jim Schwartz wasn’t one of them.

The Detroit Lions head coach held his season-ending press conference in at the team facilities in Allen Park on Monday. He said that while the team’s philosophies won’t change, many personnel changes will be coming to the Lions in 2013. That includes changes to the coaching staff, as there were several reports that the Lions had parted ways with receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, running backs coach Sam Gash, and offensive line coach George Yarno.

Schwartz and Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew survived the first day after the regular season, also known as “Black Monday” in the NFL for the many dismissals that occur on the day. There were plenty of firings to go around.

Philadelphia’s Andy Reid, Chicago’s Lovie Smith, San Diego’s Norv Turner, Cleveland’s Pat Shurmur, Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt, Buffalo’s Chan Gailey, and Kansas City’s Romeo Crennel were all fired today from their respective head coaching positions. Five NFL teams also fired their general managers today. San Diego, Arizona, Cleveland, Jacksonville, and the New York Jets will all be looking for new player personnel directors this offseason.