Ford was at Allen Park to watch an OTA practice and had some interesting words about Schwartz. Per the Press:
"I think Jim would be the first to admit that there have been times where he’s learned on the job," Ford said after he watched the Lions’ organized team activity today in Allen Park. "But I think he’s a very, very good coach."
Schwartz's tenure in Detroit has been a very interesting one. In his first season as an NFL head coach, Schwartz took over a 0-16 team and guided it to two wins over the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns.
The following season, Schwartz won six games before capturing a playoff berth -- the Lions' first since 1999 -- with a 10-win campaign in 2011. Detroit lost in the wild card round to the New Orleans Saints, but expectations had been raised. All of this made last year so disappointing, when the Lions started 4-4 before losing their final eight games.
Schwartz, a former defensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans, has also come under fire for Detroit's undisciplined ways. Many pundits and fans see this is an extension of Schwartz, who has been prone to outbursts on the sideline. His most notable incident came with Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers after a game.
Following a last-second defeat in 2011, Schwartz was walking off the field when Harbaugh slapped him on the back and shook his hand. Schwartz, taking exception to Harbaugh's happiness, chased him down and needed players to step between them.