Lions coach focused on next game, not job security

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm •  Published: December 17, 2013
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't interested in talking about his job security.

The Lions blew another late lead and lost at home Monday night to Baltimore, 18-16. The Lions (7-7) have led the NFC North much of the season, but may miss the playoffs after losing four of their last five games. Detroit needs to win its final two games and hope for a combination of losses by division leader Chicago and Green Bay to secure a playoff berth.

If job security is on Schwartz's mind, it didn't show on Tuesday.

"I don't think it does any good for me or my team to keep focusing on that," he said after being asked if he's worried about losing his job. He declined to elaborate on what he's thinking about his future or if he's spoken with owner William Clay Ford recently.

"I look at it like we're one game down with two to play," he said. "As much as it keeps sounding like the same thing, it's true. We can't let anything detract from that."

The luster of the Lions' 6-3 start has faded and the team, which entered last weekend with the division lead, walked off the field Monday third in the division. The Lions are 1-4 since a Nov. 10 win at Chicago left them in the driver's seat. Losses at Pittsburgh and at home to Tampa Bay were among the lowlights.

The struggling New York Giants come to town Sunday for the Lions' home finale and Detroit finishes the season Dec. 29 at Minnesota.

"We've had some very winnable games; very, very winnable games," safety Glover Quin said. "For us not to win those games, it's heartbreaking. But we've got two more that we can go out and win and, hey, all you can do is fight to the finish. We've got to win our games — hopefully somebody helps us out."

Schwartz, who has lost eight straight December/January games as coach, according to STATS, has two years left on his contract. The franchise has not disclosed details of the contract extension he signed after leading the Lions to a wild card berth after the 2011 season.

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