NFL News: Detroit Lions Fires Head Coach Jim Schwartz

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By Lou Ramon Aguila | December 31, 2013 11:44 AM EST

The Black Monday continued in the NFL as the Detroit Lions announced its decision to relieve Jim Schwartz from his head coaching duties after failing to make it into the postseason despite winning their six of their first nine games.

"The simple fact is we have fallen short of the expectations of our ownership, and those expectations are simple," Lions President Tom Lewand said in his statement via ESPN. "They, very strongly, want to bring a consistently winning football team to the fans of the city of Detroit."

"We fell short of that, and the decision that was made today was a direct reflection of falling short of that goal. Quite simply, we didn't win enough football games," he added.

Lions Center Dominic Raiola expressed his frustration of seeing his coach lose his job because of the team's inability to win close games in the field.  

"I think this will be one of the most, if not the single most, attractive head coaching opportunity in the National Football League for a lot of different reasons, and that starts with our ownership," Lewand told ESPN.

"I think it also continues with a lot of the talented people we have in our organization, not just in the locker room, although there are many of those."

"We want, the expectation is to bring a consistently winning football team to the city of Detroit immediately," he added.

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