Jim Schwartz was officially introduced as Detroit Lions head coach on Friday and this piece by Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press notes a strong Patriots connection.
When you’re the newest unknown asked to achieve the football impossible in Detroit, it certainly helps your argument if you continually repeat one name — Bill Belichick.
Jim Schwartz reminded everyone at almost every turn Friday that he learned from the Hooded Master.
He must have mentioned the New England Patriots’ coach at least a dozen times during his introductory news conference and other media interviews at Ford Field.
Belichick was one of the first people Schwartz thanked.
“I’ve been very fortunate … to have seen the way that a Bill Belichick has done things,” Schwartz said.
Schwartz was reflecting on getting his start on Belichick's Cleveland Browns staff in the early 1990s, and how he started in scouting. Schwartz told reporters that starting in the scouting realm helped form a strong base for becoming a coach.