Jim Schwartz Excited About Turning Detroit Around

I was on the NFL website this morning and I saw where they hired Jim Schwartz the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans and where he he claimed he is excited about the opportunity to turn around the Detroit football team.

 Bring it on, says Detroit’s new head coach.

 “There’s no better feeling in football than turning a situation around. Thats what drives me here,” the 42-year-old former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator said during his introductory news conference this Friday at Ford Field.

 The Lions badly want the one-time Georgetown University economics major to come up with a formula to fix a franchise coming off the NFL’s first 0-16 season, an eight-season stretch that has been the worst in the league since World War II and a run of more than 50 years with only one playoff win.

 “I can’t speak of the past, I’m here right now,” Schwartz said. “I’m not here to exorcise any ghosts.”

 While Detroit’s football future is far from certain, Schwartz told reporters they can count on at least one thing.

 “We’ll put a team on the field that you’ll be proud of,” he said one day after agreeing to a four-year contract worth about $11 million.

 The son of a police officer and a deceased mother who raised nine kids, Schwartz said he was a blue-collar guy who will fit in well with the culture of Detroit.

 “This is what I am,” Schwartz said.

 Schwartz said he owns only two suits that fit, finding out recently that a third is too small because of the weight he gained during the season.

 “He’s a football guy — I love that,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said.

 Schwartz’s coming-out party was the culmination of years of hard work. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Maryland in 1989, later had the same position at Minnesota and went on to become a secondary coach for North Carolina Central and linebackers coach at Colgate.

 The Baltimore native became a head-coaching candidate in recent years because of his work in Tennessee, leading to interviews with the Miami Dolphins,Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and San Fransisco 49ers in recent years.

 But Schwartz got his start as an unpaid intern for Bill Belichiek with the Cleveland Browns, later was paid as a scout and moved on to be an assistant for the Ravens, then became one of the league’s best defensive coordinators in Tennessee.

 Schwartz singled out Belichick, who’s now leading the New England Patriots, and Titans coach Jeff Fisher as mentors.

 Schwartz replaces Rod Marinelli, who was fired two weeks ago after he went 10-38 in three seasons, dropping Detroit to 31-97 since 2001 when former team president Matt Millen took over a mediocre franchise and turned it into a laughingstock.

 The Chicago Cardinals, who won just 23 percent of their games from 1936 to 1943, are the last team to perform as poorly as the Lions have over an eight-season stretch.

 Detroit will count on Schwartz to use his background to come up with ways to improve a defense that ranked last in the league and gave up 517 points — threatening the NFL record for points allowed (533) in a season, set by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

 Schwartz’s 2003 Titans defense ranked first in the NFL in rushing defense and led the league in third-down defense at 27.7 percent — the lowest mark since the 1998 Oakland Raiders. The Titans ranked in the top seven in yards allowed in each of the past two seasons and finished second in points allowed per game at 14.6 in 2008.

 Schwartz said he has coordinators he’d like to have in Detroit, but neither is in place. He also planned to talk to the remaining assistants from Marinelli’s staff.

 “I’ll talk to a lot of people next week at the Senior Bowl,” he said.

 Schwartz also planned to call Detroit’s entire roster.

 “I want to make personal contact with every player,” he said. “Finding my way from the hotel to the facility will be a good start, also.”

Personally I am glad to see Detroit get as good of a defensive coach as Schwartz is. I hope for Detroit’s sake that will win at least 3 games next season or who knows maybe Schwartz will do for Detroit what Parcells and Sparano did in Miami. Only time will tell though.

Even Troy Agrees That Romo Is Among The Elite

The Cowboys will be in D-Town to face the Lions on their home turf, Ford Field. Last year the Cowboys almost beat the Lions on December 31, 2006, but the Lions won 39-31 at Texas Stadium. This was the last game of the season, and after once being 8-4 and riding a four-game winning streak, the Cowboys limped to the regular-season finish line, winning one of the last four games and finishing with a 9-7 record for the second straight year. But unlike last season, at least the Cowboys aren’t completely finished….

They’ve had an awesome season thus far with the help of Wade Phillips. The chemistry has been phenomenal and just like last year the Cowboys are heading into the playoffs once again. Only this time they have finally gained the respect they deserve. They’ve proven to everyone that they are and will always be America’s team!

With an incredible record of 11-1 this season, and the only loss they had was to the spy cheating Patriots. Nothing would satisfy me more than watching my Boys take on the Patriots one more time for a head to head match up. Oh, wouldn’t that be sweet!

Have you heard what Troy Aikman recently said about Tony Romo?

When it comes to analyzing great quarterbacks, there aren’t many who do it better than Troy Aikman. After all, he was one for more than a decade. So when Aikman is ready to put another quarterback into the category of "great," it carries more weight than the average guy. And on the subject of Tony Romo, Aikman has simply seen enough.

The Cowboys Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor legend was at Valley Ranch on Thursday and will call Sunday’s game between the Cowboys and Lions (noon, CST) for Fox. Aikman spoke on several NFL topics, but the conversation kept going back to Romo.

Not only is Aikman ready to place the greatness tag on Romo, but he doesn’t understand why Romo’s name isn’t mentioned more with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Here is what he said…

"Over the last several weeks, there’s always the debate – who do you take, Brady or Manning?" Aikman said. "Somewhere in there is Tony Romo… why is anyone reluctant to put Romo up there with those guys?"

"He’s playing at as good a level as anyone in the league. Granted, you have to do it over a period of time. I get that part. But he’s a terrific player."

Romo is having an even better season. In fact, he’s on pace to have the best season in Cowboys history, as far as statistics. One might argue that a season should only be judged on the outcome at the end, but even Aikman said it’s hard to argue with what Romo is doing this season. He has already shattered Danny White’s single-season touchdown record of 29, by piling up 33 touchdowns with four games still left to play.

Most important, Aikman said he doesn’t expect the Cowboys to lose another game in the regular season, which would give them an unprecedented 15-1 record. The Cowboys have never finished better than their 13-3 record in 1992, Aikman’s first of three Super Bowl seasons in a four-year span.

All the signs point to Tony Romo having the best season of any Cowboys quarterback, and Troy Aikman certainly agrees.

I will be at the game on Sunday and I am counting on all of you my friends to cheer our Cowboys on and make some noise…and ya better get ya popcorn ready!!

Go Cowboys!!!

Submitted by Mayra Amaro