New Lions coach Jim Schwartz was right down to business Friday, as he met with the teams 13 assistant coaches that are under contract. None were fired, but he did tell them that they are free to look elsewhere for work, meaning that likley most will be out of work sooner or later if they don’t find a job somewhere.
“I want to make personal contact with every player on the team, and I also want to sit down with the members of the previous staff, members who are still here. I want to get a feel for those guys,” Schwartz said after Friday’s news conference.
Most of those Lions assistants will start job hunting as they head to the Senior Bowl in Alabama, a place for most out of work coaches to try and find jobs. Reports say that some coaches took the meeting with Schwartz as a precursor to being fired, and they cleaned out their offices.
MLive threw out some names as possible coaches to be Schwartz’s offensive coordinator: Denver Broncos quarterback coach Jeremy Bates and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who also is a candidate to become the Jets’ new head coach. A decision on Schwartz’s staff and coordinators may not be made for about two weeks.