Tag:Jim Schwartz
Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:28 pm

Raiola could face a fine for shouting bad words

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Lions C Dominic Raiola, frankly, should know better than this. I know players are emotional before, during and after games, and I can understand why a player might want to respond if a fan throws an object at them while on the field.

But there’s no reason Raiola should be yelling obscenities at fans, particularly when your team just beat the opponent on their home field.

Yet, that’s exactly what Raiola did after Detroit’s 24-17 win at Miami on Sunday, as seen in the video below.

Now, he likely will face discipline from his team.

“That's under current evaluation and there's potential for team discipline, yes,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said today, via mlive.com.

"Anytime you're a player or a coach or anything else, coming in and out of the stadium is sometimes a difficult thing. People pay their money for tickets and they can say about whatever they want. You'd be surprised at some of the things that are said to you going in and coming out and on the sideline, but that's what fans do. As coaches and players, we need to keep our composure. The best way to do it is to not even acknowledge it.

"Dominic is a very emotional player, it's one of the things that drives him as a player. He takes everything personally and that's good in a lot of ways. But you've got to draw the line when it's fans. Short of physical confrontation, somebody throws something ... there were no snowballs in Sun Life Stadium. We've got to do a better job of controlling that.”

This is not a one-time incident with Raiola. He’s been fined before for similar circumstances. Expect more of the same this time around. He needs to get a better control of his emotions.

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 6:01 pm

Drew Stanton played through a separated shoulder

D. Stanton played Sunday's game with a separated shoulder (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might have noticed that after Lions QB Drew Stanton’s shoulder got crushed as he tried to make a throw in the second quarter of Sunday’s game vs. the Buccaneers, TV cameras spotted team trainers attending to Stanton on the bench.

In fact, Stanton left the sideline early to get a jump on halftime, and reports were that the injured Shaun Hill was warming up in case Stanton couldn’t play.

But then Stanton returned to the game and helped lead Detroit to its first road win in three years, and perhaps, you forgot about Stanton’s first-half ailments.

Chances are it didn’t slip Stanton’s mind, because, according to the Detroit News, Stanton suffered a Grade 3 separation of his non-throwing shoulder.

The fact Stanton played through the pain – and played well enough to throw for a career-high 252 yards – is actually pretty damn impressive.

"Drew showed a lot of toughness out there," coach Jim Schwartz told reporters today. "He suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter and finished the game with it, played the best game that I've seen him play."

Schwartz didn’t rule out Stanton for next Sunday. Last season, Matthew Stafford suffered the same injury and played in a game four days later. Most likely, it’ll be a gametime decision, and Schwartz will have to choose between Stanton and Hill, who’s still battling a finger injury.

There’s a chance Stafford also could play, but that doesn’t seem quite as likely.

"We'll keep an open mind on all three guys and by the end of the week we'll have a pretty good plan to go forward," Schwartz said. "Drew definitely played well but we have a lot of other considerations."

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:46 pm

Megatron hints he'll bolt Detroit unless they win

Posted by Will Brinson

Not many wide receivers who were taken with a high draft pick come into the NFL having experienced a lot of losing. Because, after all, they're usually pretty high-profile guys playing for high-profile colleges (the last first-rounder taken from a school that isn't an automatic BCS qualifier was Roddy White in 2005).

Unfortunately, a lot of these dudes end up on the Detroit Lions (thanks Matt Millen!) as well as other losing franchises, and so it's tough to adjust. So tough, in fact, that one in particular -- Calvin Johnson -- indicated that, having put up with four whole losing seasons in Detroit, he might be ready to get the fudge out.

"Put it like this, if we turn this thing into a winner, I’m happy," Johnson said on his weekly radio show via the Detroit Free Press. "I’ve won 11 games since I’ve been here in four years. Losing definitely sucks and you definitely don’t want to be around losing. You can’t get used to that. I can’t get used to it because I haven’t come from that. I’ve been used to winning. And if this thing can’t get turned around, man, like I said — I’m just going to leave it at I can’t get used to it. I want to win."

Look, it's understandable for Johnson to be frustrated, given that he's been through an 0-16 season; he's caught passes from the likes of Shaun Hill, Drew Stanton, Daunte Culpepper, Jon Kitna and Dan Orlovsky (when Matthew Stafford was either not drafted or injured); and since he's arrived the Lions are an extremely unimpressive 11-49 in his tenure.

Having said that, Megatron's not exactly helping his case for sympathy by lobbing the coaching staff under the bus, which is kind of what he did after the game, when asked why the team didn't throw the ball his way on every single play.

"I can’t call it, man. I can’t call it," Johnson said. "I wish I could have did more to help out the team, but it is what it is."

Johnson also complained to the Free Press (after the game) that the team didn't know how to deal with the Cover-2.

“I don’t understand, teams tend to play a lot of Cover 2, our receptions go down. We got to come up with something for it. They were playing Cover 2 for most of the game."

There's a reasonable case her for telling Mega to simmer -- he got a TON of money and while, yes, the Lions stink, they're at least improving. At least he's giving them more than two weeks notice to get better. Which is what most of America (and Randy Moss) does.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:27 pm

Dr. Andrews says Stafford doesn't need surgery

Posted by Will Brinson

Many a Lions fan has fretted over the long-term health of Matthew Stafford, who seems to continually suffer with shoulder injuries. But there's some good news for both fans and the organization on that front from Monday -- Dr. James Andrews doesn't believe Stafford needs surgery.

“Dr. Andrews was very busy today, he was very booked, and he squeezed Matt in,” coach Jim Schwartz said Monday.

According to a release from the team, Andrews' diagnosis of Stafford's injury is similar to one that the team's medical staff decided on, and Stafford will simply need to go through a similar rehabilitation plan to the one he went through during his first shoulder injury this year.

That might not guarantee that Stafford stays healthy over an extended period of time, but it at least provides some hope that he can get healthy and get back to developing as a potential franchise quarterback.

And it also opens up the possibility that Stafford could return by mid-December, which is much better than initial reports that he was done for the year.

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:59 am

Hot Routes 11.11.10: Booing Braylon

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Braylon Edwards is correct that he will be booed when the Jets play in Cleveland this weekend. He is incorrect in thinking that he doesn't deserve his reputation for dropping the ball. After all, that's not like a rep for running hard or anything -- dropping the football is an easily quantifiable statistic, even if Derek Anderson is the guy throwing you the ball. Either you hold onto it or you don't. What makes his pre-Browns game behavior so bizarre is that by any account, Edwards should be humbled and thrilled that he got a chance to go somewhere else and pick up DUIs play football. And instead, he's just trying to hate on a city that deserves nothing more than pity when it comes to sports these days.
  • Rex Ryan has instituted a new "pushups for penalties" rule in Jets practice -- and said penalty includes owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum, who were forced to do pushups every time the Jets committed a penalty too. We need video of this ASAP. 
  • Brian Cushing is going to maybe move back to strongside linebacker after spending some time in the middle. Not that it really matters for Houston, since people have stopped bothering trying to run against them and now just have opposing quarterbacks throw the ball as high and as far as they can on every single play. Or at least that's what it feels like.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:03 am

Stafford hurts shoulder again; MRI on Monday

M. Stafford injured his throwing shoulder again today (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Matthew Stafford, who injured his throwing shoulder yet again today before the Lions lost their lead and the game to the Jets.

Stafford injured the AC joint in his shoulder in Detroit’s season-opener, and this was only his second game back before he was tackled from behind by New York LB Bryan Thomas and landed on the same shoulder. He’ll have an MRI Monday to determine the extent of his injury.

"He is very sore," Lions coach Jim Schwartz told reporters afterward, via the Detroit News. "You guys know how tough he is, and if he could have (finished) he would have. It's something we're going to have to take a very serious look at. It's his right shoulder."

Stafford wasn’t available for comment after the game, but backup QB Shaun Hill – who played pretty well in Stafford’s absence before he was injured – speculated on Stafford’s feelings.

"I'm sure he's very frustrated," Hill said. "The kid worked his tail off to be out there … I know it burns him to come out of games."

This is the fourth time Stafford has had to leave a game due to injury, and that has begun to raise questions about the former No. 1 pick’s durability. Obviously, the talent is there. But if he can’t ever use it because he’s never on the field, that’s a big problem.

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:38 am

Hot Routes 9.28.10: Schwartz' auspicious record

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  • Jim Schwartz is rather improbably one game away from the worst 20-game start by a head coach in Detroit Lions history, according to Tom Kowalski of the Detroit Free Press . This isn't improbable because the Lions are good, clearly. It's improbable because Schwartz is, in my estimation, a very good head coach who'd done a pretty good job making lemonade out of the rotted out lemon seeds that Matt Millen left hanging around the greater Detroit area. Additionally, Schwartz has dealt with injuries to Matthew Stafford in two straight seasons, a total lack of an offensive line and one of the worst defenses in NFL history last year. The simple fact that he's won a few games is actually impressive; even if he starts off with the worst record in Detroit history (through 20 games) it seems unlikely that the cautious optimism permeating the Lions organization and fanbase these days will cease to exist.
  • Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic believes that the Cardinals need to change quarterbacks "immediately" even though they're 2-1. There's no argument against the fact that Derek Anderson isn't "great" or even "good" but right now he's at least winning (even if it's not deservedly), and considering how high Ken Wisenhunt is on BYU product Max Hall, you'd certainly think that if he thought he could get the job done as a starter, he'd be getting the opportunity.
  • The possibility of Michael Vick getting injured after such a hot start has to be terrifying to Eagles fans. Bleeding Green Nation points out that Vick is "still taking too many hits" which is probably symptomatic of a porous offensive line. But Vick also holds the ball longer than a normal quarterback too, and that creates some danger. (Like that he might also score rushing touchdowns for my fantasy team!)
  • Ryan Grant wanted to know if he could tweet during the Packers-Bears game on Monday night. Apparently, that's totally legal -- Brian McCarthy of NFL PR let him know (via Twitter, duh) that as long as he wasn't on the sidelines or locker room, he was fine to hit up the social media during games.
  • Did the Dolphins blow a chance to "make a statement in the division?" That's what the Phinsider believes -- I'm inclined to agree, especially considering the way in which the defense got pure-tee shredded by the Jets on a nationally televised game.
  • And of course it's not a party without some discussion of the junk-grabbing Shaun Smith -- Arrowhead Pride has video of the "incident" and a nice little recap of Smith's awkward little problem.
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:03 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 10:05 am

Hot Routes 9.22.10: It's a dog-eat-dog world

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  • The Philadelphia Daily News , even amid a Phillies playoff push, is most concerned with reminding you about Michael Vick's past (see: right). Because, as Mike Florio points out , everyone needs to remember that Vick is getting a second chance! DO NOT FORGET THAT HE DID SOMETHING EVIL AND NOW IS GOOD. Otherwise this whole "he's starting now and the Eagles are winning" thing isn't any fun.
  • Chan Gailey is apparently exactly like Mike Shanahan -- because of his hatred for fantasy football players and use of as many running backs as possible -- except for the fact that his teams and running backs aren't worth playing/owning/using. To sum up: he's refusing to name a starter but he may or may not give C.J. Spiller more touches.
  • Pete Carroll, however, is all business, yo. You play like poop and he's gonna let you know. Optimistically, of course, but he'll let you know. In fact, he called out his main bro Matt Hasselbeck for playing so poorly against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
  • Derek Anderson shouldn't worry about getting yelled at. Well, maybe he could get yelled at, but he won't be benched immediately, as the Arizona Republic reports the team will be "patient" with him. That's probably because they don't have another choice.
  • John McClain of the Houston Chronicle writes that the rivalry between the Cowboys and the Texans is just "a figment of fans' imagination." I've only been to Texas like once or twice, so I can't say for sure, but something tells me that if the Texans beat the Cowboys and push them to 0-3, they will be talking a lot. And something else tells me that if the Texans represent the state at Jerry Bowl 2K11, a certain Cowboys owner and his fans will not be very happy.
  • With Luke McCown out for the year, Todd Bouman is the winner in the "David Garrard Replacement" sweepstakes. Guess we can take him out of the controversies column now.
  • And we'll close with awesome news for the always awesome Hines Ward, who was sworn into President Barack Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Tuesday.
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