Source: Lions sign head coach Jim Schwartz to a new multi-year contract extension

Posted by ttwentyman on June 29, 2012 – 4:12 pm

The Lions and head coach Jim Schwartz have agreed on a new multi-year contract extension, according to a league source. The length of the contract and financial terms were unknown.

The Lions and Schwartz have been steadfast in their refusal in not commenting on his contract this offseason.

“The next time I comment on my contract will be the first time,” Schwartz has said a number of times.

It always seemed like it was just a matter of time before the Lions and Schwartz would come to an agreement on a new deal, though. Schwartz, 46, has transformed an 0-16 organization to a 10-6 playoff team in only three seasons on the job. The Lions have gotten incrementally better in each of Schwartz’ three seasons, playing to a 2-14 record in 2009, 6-10 in 2010 and 10-6 in 2011. The Lions are expected to compete for a NFC North title and playoff spot this season.

Schwartz was entering the 2012 season in the final year of a four-year contract he signed back in January of 2009.

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38 Responses to “Source: Lions sign head coach Jim Schwartz to a new multi-year contract extension”

  1. By woodburndesigns on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Tim, the 90′s called. They want their division back :)

  2. By Mike on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Its great they resigned him! However, NFC central title?

  3. By Lionsfan420 on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    NFC North title !

  4. By Ryan on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    pretty sure its called the NFC North now…

  5. By Stuart Left on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Great move to lock up Scwartz for a long period.

  6. By Jalohn on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Great news we keep this up we’ll be the next Patriots same GM Coach and QB for over 10 years straight look what it got them. Now all that’s left is to sign Cliff he’s the last thing on the to do list we’ve accomplished everything else we had to contract wise.

  7. By Bob on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Great, best coach Lions have had in a long time…

  8. By Krystof on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Gosh, is this the first time a Lions coach has been renewed since Wayne Fontes? Anyone?

  9. By jordan on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    hell yeah!

  10. By Little on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Another wonderful move this off-season by the organization, now let’s get a deal done with Avril to keep him on the end for the rest of his career. He’s young, talented, and deserving(if millions is deserving for playing a game), and a leader on and off the field. Congratulations Coach Schwartz!!!

  11. By Jim on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s hope nobody slaps him on the back to congratulate him!!!

  12. By Cory on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    A second tenure coach and he wasn’t fired, surely a sign of this team moving in a positive direction. Congrats Coach!

  13. By juice on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    i love this move! and not to take anything away from him but i would have loved to see mooch with out millen running the show, i thought he was a better coach than what we saw but i am glad to have jimmy here and running the show, lets go lions 12-4 playoffs easily this year

  14. By wendymaddy on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    I’m a real fan of a go-getter like Schwartz. I am glad he is re-upping for four more years. The best thing about him is something inside him dies when his team loses a game. Roseanne Barr, a fellow scorpio, said it best: “The one who cares the most wins.” Accomplishment is Schwartz’s first name. Nothing else matters.
    James was the name of two apostles in the New Testament. The first was Saint James the Greater, the apostle John’s brother. The second was James the Lesser, son of Alphaeus. Another James (known as James the Just) is also mentioned in the Bible as being the brother of Jesus.
    Since the 13th century this form of the name has been used in England and in Scotland, where it was borne by several kings. In the 17th century Scottish king James VI inherited the English throne, becoming the first ruler of all Britain. The explorer Captain James Cook (1728-1779), the inventor James Watt (1736-1819), and the novelist and poet James Joyce (1882-1941). This name has also been borne by six American presidents. And there’s always James Bond. Go get ‘em, Jim Schwartz!

  15. By rockbo1955 on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    This a great day for the detroit lions and all the fans I am so glad we signed him for four more years jim Schwartz is by far one of the best head coaches we have ever had and hes a good person as well! This by far the best thing we have done and it makes more at ease that they resigned him and didnt make wait till next year so he wont have that to wporry about so he can do what he does best coach! GO LIONS!

  16. By twentykixx on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Great news, now we need Schwartz to use his biggest and best “Big Toe”, to ebb this offseason blunder dundering. We look like a circus out there for the rest of the league to use for trash talking! Folks, if you don’t walk the walk, don’t get pissed when it’s in yer face on the field. I’ve walked the long road with this team since a kid in Michigan, PLEASE lets gitter DONE! I never wore a bag over my head, and always dissuaded folks from dissing us with Barry Sanders ad-libs. I’m ready to put the cheese heads under this train and roll on! Go LIONS!!

  17. By Tyrice on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Good move by the Lions. It would’ve been asinine not to have resigned Schwartz.

  18. By Jerry on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    A very good move to lock up one of the top new head coaches in the league. Swartz has done a really good job getting the franchise out of a losing attitude. He is a true professional and handles himself well, even though he keeps too much team info hidden from the public. Now that he is signed, it’s time to get tough with the kids and their offseason arrests. He’s the boss and they have to fear reprisals from the boss and think they can lose their gig before they will clean up their act. Make the offenders ride the pine and if they continue to get arrested, cut them! Let another team handle their problems. Great job Lions in signing Schwartz to another contract. Now get control of your team.

  19. By Little on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Wendy, could we possibly have the best coach named Jim ever?

  20. By Adam on Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

    Thank Jebus. Schwartz all the way.

  21. By Mike Shores on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply



    Signing Schwartz to an extension was a terrific move by the Lions, but who cares about the history lesson.

    If you want a relevant history lesson, how about figuring out what Schwartz & the following DON’T have in common, Harry Gilmer, Rick Forzano, Wayne Fontes, Bobby Ross, Darryl Rodgers, Marty Morningweg & Steve Mariucci?

  22. By Hogfish on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations Coach. Work on the handshakes.

  23. By Michael on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    Best coach ever and for sure the best thing that the lions have had in a very long time

  24. By Golferjohn on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    Happy to hear we’ve got the leader of this group to resign. He leads by example with his passion for winning. It was great fun last year talking about the wins instead of complaining about losses on the way home to Toledo from the games.

  25. By nighttrain1 on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    Since the Lions finally got rid of Millen and hired Schwartz the Lions have improved each year. Jalohn, you’re right, same coach, same QB, same system and the Lions will get better and better at the things they do until they win their first superbowl, and then the floodgates will open and the Lions will be in the mix for years to come. It all starts with a good head coach, and history will record Schwartz as one of the best. Congrats coach, keep doing what you’re doing.

  26. By eddie Hiller on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    This is a great and smart move. I think give Coach Schwartz two more season and we should make the superbowl.

  27. By vern huxley on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    Go Lions

  28. By Rocky Bass on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply

    Thats how winning professionals get things done. Quickly, quitely, completely.

    Nice work gentlemen.

  29. By Grind me a pound on Jun 30, 2012 | Reply


  30. By Troy on Jul 1, 2012 | Reply

    I like it…he deserved the extension. Impressive that they got it done in the offseason a year prior. They have signed their core players. This group is going to bring a Super Bowl to this city.

    Would like to see Cliff Avril signed also…He is good for the chemistry of the DLine and the team in general. Us fans really like him too. I know the contracts can get tricky for both sides, so I will leave that for them. But I hope they can work something out that is great for both sides.

    Cliff is due and he wants the best for his family and he really wants to stay in Detroit…hes a class guy and a great player. Just want you want as a staple in your organization. He wants some stability so that he can grow with the team. I think he will get it.

  31. By mike on Jul 1, 2012 | Reply


  32. By Mike Shores on Jul 1, 2012 | Reply

    Troy, I agree with all of your points regarding Schwartz, and all but one of your points regarding Avril. Avril’s good, but certainly not ‘great’, at least not yet. All he’s done is have one really nice season, and that season might have been influenced by the opponent’s concentrating on neutralizing #90.
    Now that Avril has had one good season, let’s see if he can do it for several more years.
    If he remains as productive as he was last season, I would think that then it would be appropriate to apply the ‘G’ word to him.
    Are you listening, Mr. Suh? One season won’t define a career.

  33. By Gibbyfan23 on Jul 1, 2012 | Reply

    When do people get a CLUE, wendymaddy does not need to bring her religious SHIT, into footbal, it’s sports for F*$KING sakes, leave that bullshit for your private thoughts, I’m IRISH & CATHOLIC, am a hugh firm believer, but i don’t want that SHIT mixed in with my sports, GO BOTHER YOUR CHURCH, not my sports pages.

  34. By Tom Riddell on Jul 1, 2012 | Reply

    Great move by a Team I Feel will win a superbowl in the next 5 years

  35. By Jacob on Jul 1, 2012 | Reply

    @wendymaddy why did you rant about the name James when his name is Jim?

  36. By Vikingsfool on Jul 14, 2012 | Reply

    Hey kitty fans
    I remember when the Vikings signed a coach to a long term deal after one great season. They went 6-10 the following season, and the coach was fired with 6 games remaining. Good Luck Kitties

  37. By LA Lite on Jul 17, 2012 | Reply

    I’m happy with the signing. So far he has taken us out of the laughing group and made us a real threat to any team but lacks the playoff wins to warant. hopefully we go to championship game this year with a regular season 11-5 or 12-4 record and host one playoff game. time will prove this to be exceptional or otherwise. Many coaches have proven to get a team to being good but not good enough to get to the big game which has eluded us for WAY TOOOOOO long. I am starving for a superbowl like all the other fans. Good luck Jim in finding a way to get us there and i’m with ya 1000000%. I enjoy watching the passion you show on the sidelines and can really see a lose hurts you immensely as it does us. Control has been lacking and maybe more discipline is in order this year by you and your coaching staff. RARARA speeches and that are all good but Fontes only went so far with that theory now it’s time for the proffessionalism to take over and see how these players hold themselves to there own accountability on the field. Do they listen or not. penalties down,offfield incidents,and excelling at what they do is how we measure it. (winning cures all)

  38. By sm980268 on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    Thank God we got you! What a job done in tennesse i mran that defense was sick! were seeing the same here in Detroit. Just a few adjustments, Get the Defense to look in the mirror and then at each other, and make the commitment to excel for each other THE TEAM> That with a dam healthy roster and were Top 5 Defense in 2013.

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