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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Jim Schwartz wants to keep his job

By Michael Rothstein
ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Schwartz does not know his future as the head coach of the Detroit Lions, but he would like to keep his job.

"I'd certainly like to be back," Schwartz said Sunday after the Lions lost 14-13 to the Vikings, blowing a fourth-quarter lead for the sixth time in the past seven games.

"I feel like we have unfinished business here. We've come a long way in these years, but we still have ground that we can make and I'm anxious to have a chance to be able to do that."

The Lions started the season 6-3 and were in control of the NFC North as recently as Week 15 before losing their final three games to finish 7-9. It marks the fourth time in five seasons Schwartz has finished under .500 in Detroit.

Schwartz took over the Lions after the team went 0-16 in the 2008 season and fired Rod Marinelli. He was able to reach the playoffs with Detroit in 2011, going 10-6 in his only winning season, but the Lions plummeted to 4-12 last season.

Schwartz said nothing out of the ordinary was scheduled for Monday, just player physicals and other typical wrap-up stuff from the season. He also indicated he would meet with the Ford family, which owns the franchise, at some point but did not indicate when that would occur.