Despite what most Niner fans think when we see that name, this post isn't really about him, but instead about who should replace him if he decides to leave.
I have a list and why each OC would be a good replacement:
Scott Linehan, Detroit
With Schwartz coming under fire in Detroit, the Fords may be looking to clean house which would free up Scott Linehan. The terms "electrifying," "explosive" and "effective" come to mind when thinking of Detroit's offense the last several seasons. A big reason why is offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Linehan has played a major role in Matthew Stafford's development as the franchise quarterback. In prior years, Stafford's development has been hampered by injuries, lack of consistent running game, horrendous offensive line play and lack of consistent weapons not named Johnson.
Linehan also deserves praise for utilizing All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson to his full potential, which has resulted in the Lions producing one of the top offenses over the last few years. Imagine what he could do with Kap, Vernon, Frank, Q, The General, and Big Mac behind that offensive line? They would be dangerous.
Pep Hamilton, Indianapolis
Pep Hamilton takes over for Bruce Arians, who ran the Colts offense, last year with rookie Andrew Luck like he was coaching Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger.
Things will not change much under Hamilton, who worked with Luck at Stanford and has a background in the NFL. Hamilton has seven years of NFL experience and loves to throw the ball. In 2009, he coached Jay Cutler with the Bears when the quarterback threw 555 passes and completed a franchise-record 336. The year before? Hamilton coached Kyle Orton to the fifth-highest completion rate in Bears history.
Hamilton started his coaching career at Howard University, where he served as the team's quarterbacks coach before becoming the team's offensive coordinator. Hamilton coached in the National Football League for the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers before taking a position as quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears on March 5, 2007.
In 2010, Hamilton was hired by the University of New Mexico Lobos after Tee Martin left for the Kentucky Wildcats and was named co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. However, after Ron Turner left Stanford for the Indianapolis Colts, Hamilton left New Mexico and before the start of the season to be the wide receivers coach at Stanford. In 2011, he was promoted to offensive coordinator under new head coach David Shaw. In 2013 he was named as the new Colts offensive coordinator, after Bruce Arians left the Colts to be the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. He will be reunited with former Stanford starting QB Andrew Luck.
Pete Carmichael, NO
Now, it's probably not going to happen that Carmichael is able to break away from NO and Sean Payton without taking a head coaching job, but if he does come loose, this is a guy who understands how to roll out QB's, utilizing your TE's and exploiting matchups with the WR's. He has never had a consistent running game in NO, but behind this OL and with this corp of running backs, I'm sure Carmichael could take this offense to places we haven't seen prior.
Pete Carmichael is in his fifth season as the Saints’ offensive coordinator after tutoring the club’s quarterbacks the previous three years. Throughout this time, he has been a key figure in the planning and preparations of an offensive attack that has been ranked first in the NFL in yardage in four of the last seven seasons, while leading the league in scoring in 2008 and 2009.
I would be interested in hearing what you guys/gals think about who you would like to replace GRo when he does leave.
BTW, in doing this research, GRo is by far and away one of the most attractive Offensive Coaching minds out there and will garner some significant interest. In 2012 he was ranked Number 1 by Bleacher Report. This year, he is ranked third to this point in the season. Not bad for a guy who only had one wr and one te catch all of his QB's td passes until last Sunday.
I'll miss you GRo, but then again I won't. Should have ran Frank into the endzone when it was 2nd and Five with two minutes to go and two timeouts. Ngata was out of the game and the OL wanted it more than the Ravens did. Anyway, I digress.