Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:34 pm
By 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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Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:32 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
AFC Special Teams Player: Dan Carpenter, K, Dolphins
Posted on: September 5, 2010 1:50 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 8:40 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
With all its glamour and glitz – and answered prayers and devastating heart breaks – Saturday was cut day. Today is waiver wire day. No glamour and glitz here. Just rediscovery, and possibly, redemption.
Check back here all day where we discuss the players who have been cut and who are rumored to be heading to new locations with new teams.
Dezmon Briscoe, WR, cut by Bengals, signed by Buccaneers
The Bengals coaches were excited about Briscoe when he fell into the sixth round of the 2010 Draft, but he was bothered by injuries in the offseason. Obviously, he was a wanted man. Tampa Bay negotiated to pay him close to the rookie minimum salary of $325,000 just to be on the practice squad this year. That's better than the normal $5,200 a week for a practice squad player.
Stefan Logan, WR, cut by Steelers, signed by Lions
Logan's biggest value isn't at receiver. Instead, he's a solid kick-off and punt returner - he recorded a 26.7 kick return and a 9.3 punt return average last year in Pittsburgh - and he should contribute immediately to the Lions special teams.
Hunter Cantwell, QB, cut by Panthers, signed by Ravens
Cantwell finished fourth out of four QBs in Carolina (Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike all won spots on the team instead of Cantwell), but he's headed to a Ravens squad who could use a third QB. Especially a younger guy, because one reason backup Marc Bulger is there is to teach.
Clifton Geathers, DL, cut by Browns, signed by Dolphins
Geathers is kind of an intriguing project. His hands are bigger than Terrence Cody's, and he's got a massive frame. But he was an underachiever in college at South Carolina, and he couldn't make a dent on Cleveland's depth chart. His brother, Robert, is a successful DE for the Bengals.
Adam Terry, OL, cut by Colts, signed by Chargers
He missed all of last season following microfracture surgery, but the best thing about Terry is his versatility on the line. Between 2006-08, he started at right tackle, left tackle and left guard for Baltimore.
Brandon McDonald, CB, cut by Browns, signed by Cardinals
Despite his classless Tweet about Terrell Owens earlier this preseason, he still has some skills. He's started 27 games in the past three seasons, and he's recorded eight interceptions. He could really help a secondary in Arizona that still has some question marks attached.
Dan LeFevour, QB, cut by Bears, signed by Bengals
LeFevour had some low points with Chicago - five interceptions in a practice - but he's headed to Cincinnati as the third-string QB. In a bit of a surprising move, the Bengals terminated ties with second-string QB J.T. O'Sullivan, meaning Jordan Palmer now will back up his brother, Carson Palmer.
Bryan McCann, CB, cut by Cowboys, signed by Ravens
The standout SMU player, who was an undrafted free agent coming out of school this year, could contribute immediately to Baltimore's defense and special teams units. Apparently, Dallas hoped to sneak McCann onto its practice squad, but that obviously didn't happen.
Spencer Havner, TE, cut by Packers, signed by Lions
The fact Green Bay cut ties with him was a little surprising, because of Havner's versatility. As evidenced by his four touchdown catches in a four-game span last year, he can also be quite productive. And if need be, he can also play LB.
Zac Robinson, QB, cut by Patriots, signed by Seahawks
The seventh round pick is headed to the Northwest. He had a fantastic career at Oklahoma State, and he did well at the Combine. But he never gained the confidence of Bill Belichick, even when Brian Hoyer, Tom Brady’s backup, didn’t play well in the preseason finale.
Patrick Turner, WR, cut by Dolphins, signed by Jets
He couldn’t beat out two undrafted free agents in Miami, so the 2009 third-round pick is headed tp New York with his former teammate at USC, QB Mark Sanchez. Clayton, though, did not impress Miami’s coaches with his work ethic, and ultimately, he was a debacle in South Florida.
Junior Siavii, NT, cut by Cowboys, signed by Seahawks
Seventh-round supplemental pick Josh Brent beat out Siavii for a spot on Dallas’ roster, and now, Siavii will try to win a job in Seattle. Siavii had a bit of resurgence last season for Dallas, but he hasn’t lived up to his (2004) second-round draft status.
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