The Detroit Lions nearly fired Jim Schwartz after they went 4-12 in 2012.

"Then, there's the fact that Schwartz was nearly fired last year," Ed Werder said. "Really, the only reason he wasn't was Bill Ford Jr. felt that the buyout number in his contract was far too high. 

"But there are people, internally, who question how undisciplined this team is and they really have an aversion to Schwartz's personality."

The Lions are widely expected to fire Schwartz if they don't reach the playoffs.