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Jim Schwartz Says Lions Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan Has 'Done A Great Job'
The Detroit Lions (4-11) are expected to make several changes this offseason after facing the Chicago Bears (9-6) in Sunday's regular season finale.
Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's job appears safe.
The Lions have been plagued by slow starts and inconsistent offensive play this season, but coach Jim Schwartz blames turnovers and injuries, not Linehan, for Detroit's struggles to score regularly this season.
"I think he's done a great job," Schwartz said. "Again, particularly the ball security stuff (has been a problem). An offensive coordinator's job is to put guys in position to make plays. I think that over the course of the season, we've been in a good position to make plays. The fact that we've still been able to continue to get the ball to Calvin (Johnson).
"It's one thing when all those other guys were healthy, and you have a lot of other options. A lot of times people will say, 'Hey, you forget about Calvin a little bit when you have all those options.' Well, we really haven't. Defenses have known that, too, and they've taken an approach of trying to take him out of the game plan, but Scott's done a good job of creating ways to still get him the football. Matt (Stafford has) done a good job of delivering the football."
Detroit's overall offense is currently ranked second in the NFL; the passing game is ranked first; Detroit is ranked second in total first downs (No.1 in passing first downs) and seventh in third-down efficiency.
Schwartz's endorsement might be good news for Linehan, but the coordinator was not worried when about his job security when asked after today's practice.
"Coaching is not a stable profession," Linehan said. "If you're worried about saving your job instead of doing your job, you're doing it for the wrong reasons. I think the biggest thing is getting ready to finish this season strong and focus on what we got to do to flip the script next year."
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