The Detroit Lions' brass believes they are primed to win now and a lack of success was the reason behind firing Jim Schwartz.

"I think this will be one of the most, if not the single most, attractive head coaching openings in the National Football League for a lot of different reasons," Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. "I can verify that by the number of calls we have already gotten since the announcement was made at noon today."

Schwartz went 29-51 in five seasons after taking over a 0-16 team devoid of talent.

General manager Martin Mayhew said Schwartz was handed a tough task, but didn't finish the job

"There isn't much of a comparison between where we were in 2009 and where we are now," Mayhew said. "...but we are trying to get to another level."

On offense the Lions boast quarterback Matthew Stafford, playmakers Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush and a young offensive line. On defense Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and the improved DeAndre Levy are building blocks.

"We certainly think our talent level is approaching the point where we should be contending and we're not there now," Mayhew said.

That Mayhew kept his job and Schwartz did not suggests the Ford Family agrees with that assessment.