ALLEN PARK — It was a subdued locker room at the Lions facility today just after the players had been informed by Jim Schwartz that he had been fired.
Also fired were offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and wide receivers coach Tim Lappano.
Here’s what quarterback Matthew Stafford had to say:
— On Schwartz: "It’s difficult obviously, he’s a guy who fought pretty hard to get me drafted here and a guy who has done a lot of good things for this team and this organization.
“I’ve only played for one head coach in the NFL, coach Schwartz. I felt we had a great locker room, it’s not always what everybody hears on the outside. It was a joy to play for him.’’
— On Linehan: “I’ll miss him a ton. He and TD (quarterbacks coach Todd Downing) and really all the guys on offense, we did a lot of really good things here in five years, set a bunch of franchise records and played some of the best offensive football this franchise has ever seen. We’re going to look to continue it. I owe a lot to those guys for sticking with me through two years of injuries, coming out on the other side of it and playing some really good football.
“I owe a ton to him, he’s done a great job of using players here to the best of their ability. Finding ways to get guys the ball and Calvin’s career has taken off since he was here. Reggie (Bush) came in and had one of the best years of his career under Scott. He’s a guy who will be a hot commodity, a guy teams will love to have.’’