The Detroit Lions have fired coach Jim Schwartz.

The Lions made the move Monday, one day after they ended their late-season slide with a loss at Minnesota.

Detroit flopped to a 7-9 record this year after a 6-3 record start put the franchise in a position to win a division title for the first time since 1993.

Schwartz was 29-51 over five seasons, including a 10-6 mark in 2011 that lifted the Lions to their only post-season appearance this century.

The former Tennessee Titans defensive co-ordinator was hired in 2009 when Detroit was coming off the NFL's first 0-16 season.

Schwartz had the team going in the right direction during his first three seasons before it took a step back the next two years.