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Jim Schwartz draws line in sand for his team

Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:34 pm
PettigrewBy Josh Katzowitz

With a rash of postplay personal foul penalties last week, not to mention the whole Ndamukong Suh saga, it sounds like Lions Jim Schwartz has had enough.

As ESPN reports, Schwartz told his team that he’s invoking a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to postplay personal foul flags. If somebody is penalized, Schwartz said he’ll be banished to the bench for the rest of the day.

Even if it’s Matthew Stafford? Apparently, yes.

Schwartz came to the decision after watching Brandon Pettigrew bump an official last week, taking a $25,000 fine in the process, Stefan Logan earn a taunting penalty when he flipped the ball to his opponent, and Titus Young shoving a Saints player in the face after a play was finished.

“Obviously, everything on the field is a reflection of the organization,” Schwartz said, via the NY Times. “It’s a reflection of the head coach, it’s a reflection of all the coaches and reflections of the players.

“That’s not a presentation we want.”

Nate Burleson, a receiver who was called for four (!) penalties last week, weighed in with his thoughts on how the Lions could rein in themselves.

“Now that we’re actually in the hunt, the microscope is bigger, and we’ve had some issues,” he told the paper. “A guy getting suspended. Those same mistakes aren’t going to fly anymore.

“They’re not going to be swept under the rug. The ref’s not going to look at that and hold his flag, like he did earlier in the season. Now, he’s saying: ‘Oh, those are the Detroit Lions. They’re the guys who are going to do a little bit extra.’ That flag is coming out a lot faster.

“The other teams are probably saying, ‘Hey, if you pick at these guys, they’ll end up doing something stupid.’”

Thus far, those other teams have been absolutely correct.

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Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:40 am

Jim Schwartz draws line in sand for his team

U must not watch must football, because that play was questionable at BEST.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:39 pm

Jim Schwartz draws line in sand for his team

So much for "the line" drawing.  When Tullock blindsided Ponder after the play for a 15 yd personal foul, he not only stayed in the game, but Schwartz spent his time bitchen out the ref instead of his stupid player.

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:54 pm

Jim Schwartz draws line in sand for his team

This will be interesting when Suh gets back

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:47 pm

Jim Schwartz draws line in sand for his team

Now we'll see how much control Schwartz really has over his team and if the players are even capable of discipling themselves...the answers will determine the outcome for whatever playoff aspirations they may have.

Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:02 pm

Jim Schwartz draws line in sand for his team

Good idea Jim, about 10 weeks late!

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