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Lions To Begin Working On Extension For Head Coach Jim Schwartz

After news that the Detroit Lions had extended all of Scott Linehan, Gunther Cunningham and Danny Crossman on Thursday, it looks like the team is going to focus on getting its head coach, Jim Schwartz, signed to an extension. According to mlive.com, Martin Mayhew, Detroit's general manager, said that the team wants to give Schwartz an extension beyond the 2012 season.

"We plan to try working on that in the next couple of weeks or so," Mayhew said.

It appears Detroit will make every effort to give Schwartz, 45-years old, a new contract based on Mayhew's comments earlier today.

Schwartz has led the Lions to a better record in each of his seasons with the team. They were 2-14 after he took over in his first season, then 6-10 in 2010, but this season has made their first playoff appearance since 1999, finishing with a 10-6 record, which included a 5-0 start to the season. They lost in the opening round, but Schwartz has clearly taken this team in a good direction.

He has one year left on his contract.

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