Resilience is key
Its not just the Lions players who are frustrated with the 1-8 record, the coaching staff works mega-hour days and has one win to show for it. Coach Jim Schwartz said the key to dealing with frustration is resilience.
Having responsibility and positions before as a defensive or offensive coordinator, youre going to feel the same type of pressure when a team isnt doing well. Ive been on teams that have started 0-5, teams that have started 4-0, and teams that have started 11-0, Schwartz said.
Its not like he took over a winning team. He took over the worst NFL team in the country. Remember no team had gone 0-16 previously.
Theres pressure associated with this job. This is a high-profile job, but it shouldnt affect the way that you work. If you let it affect the way that you do your job, if you let it affect your philosophy thats where you end up in trouble. If you stay true to your ideals, stay true to your work ethic. You dont change course midway, then youre going to be OK, Schwartz said.