New Coach, Same Old Detroit Lions

Cody Eding@edingcContributor IJanuary 20, 2009

No matter how it is presented, crap is still crap.

New Head Coach Jim Schwartz could be a step in the right direction for the Detroit Lions, but to expect miracles from him is just plain silly.

Before Lions fans anoint Schwartz as the team's next savior, they must consider the 2009 Lions will return many of the same players from their embarrassing 0-16 campaign this past year.

Coaching staff aside, the 2008 Lions could not even manage a single victory. Over a sixteen-game season, a professional football team should be able to at least squeak out one win.

Why should we expect any different this year?

"Winning is habit," Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi once said.

"Unfortunately," Lombardi added, "so is losing."

The Lions have some bad habits.

Since 2001, they have been the laughingstock of the league, and if Schwartz does nothing else, he must break their past habits.

If he does not, he could join the long list of coaches who quickly found their way out of Detroit.