Schwartz not worried about Suh’s “personal resume”

Posted by ttwentyman on December 6, 2011 – 2:17 pm

Lions coach Jim Schwartz told 97.1 The Ticket in an interview this morning that he isn’t any more concerned about defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh than he is any of his other players.

Suh is suspended two games by the NFL for kicking Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving and was involved in an early-morning car accident in Portland, Oregon, Saturday where two female passengers reported they were injured in the accident.

“It’s not a situation where we can call him and get his side of the story or if he’s okay,” Schwartz said. “He can’t be in our building, that’s why he’s in is hometown of Portland. He can’t go to meetings. We can’t have contact with him. We did get word that he was uninjured and that’s about all that we really know at this point.”

Schwartz was then asked if he’s worried about Suh’s “personal resume” in lieu last week’s car accident.

“The fact that he was in a fender-bender?” Schwartz said. “How guys drive and things like that … let’s worry about him on the field. Ndamukong is a hard-working guy and he hasn’t had any kind of issues with the law, including this one. Let’s worry about him on the field and get him back playing well. He’s under a microscope, but that’s too much of a microscope.”

Schwartz also talked about the three after-the-whistle penalties called on receiver Titus Young, returner Stefan Logan and tight end Brandon Pettigrew against the Saints Sunday and how the team can’t have those going forward in a playoff run.

“We don’t gloss over anything like that,” he said. “Anything that puts the team in a position where it’s more difficult to overcome, it’s a selfish penalty and those three penalties (we had Sunday) were all selfish penalties.

“Those are things we can’t allow to happen and we can’t continue to have them happen. But No. 1, we haven’t had anybody who’s had two of them, and up until last week, you’d have a hard time saying there was any kind of trend there.”

Young was disciplined during Sunday’s game by being benched for most of the second half. Schwartz was asked Tuesday if there would be similar discipline for Logan and Pettigrew, which has been suggested by more than one media outlet this week.

“We’re going to do everything we can to be as efficient as we can and not to put a team in those positions,” he said. “It boils down to: if somebody’s hurting the team, whether they’re not a good enough player or they’re hurting the team with penalties, or whatever, they aren’t going to be on the field.

“But let me say this, we don’t have a suggestion box. We’re going to do whatever we can in our view to operate as efficiently as we can and to put a good product on the field to win football games and to put guys on the field that will do those things. Every case is different.”

Schwartz gave no update on the status of injured players DT Nick Fairley, RB Kevin Smith, S Louis Delmas or CB Chris Houston.

“We’ll just see this week. It’s really just going to be how sore it is and how he’s able to manage his way through this week,” Schwartz said of Fairley and his injured foot. “It’s Tuesday. It’s too early to tell on all those guys.”

“We knew Kevin was in a situation coming back from that injury (ankle) that there was a possibility that there would be something that happened in the game and he sort of aggravated it and wasn’t able to finish,” he said. “He’s another week off of it. I don’t think it’s any worse and we’ll just see where he gets to this week.”

“The other two guys (Houston and Delmas) are making progress and I don’t know where they’ll be this week but as soon as they’re ready and it makes sense (they’ll be on the field),” he said. “(It’s) one thing for a guy to being cleared but can help the team and can he be out there and do his job. If he can do that, then we’ll get those guys back on the field.”

Delmas tweeted this Tuesday morning: “In the training room getting treatment. Im bout Ready to start shooting that missile again”


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17 Responses to “Schwartz not worried about Suh’s “personal resume””

  1. By Tom Miles on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    The game against N.O. was the worst one this year and even last year they did not play that bad. Suh deserves the 2 game pently and I hope he can learn and grow up from it

  2. By Scott on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    this idiot should be wirried about his job instead of Suh…duh!

  3. By Seth Pickett on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    This is how I feel, I support SUH. Since he got here with his attitude, our team seem to get some pride in them. They remind me of the Pistons(1989 NBA Champs), THE BAD BOYS!!!! Keep the ATTITUDE but keep your actions under control… LUV MY LIONS SINCE 1980 GROWING UP ON FEATHERSTON RD in PONTIAC, MI… RESTORE THE ROAR!!!

  4. By chris on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    Besides that 1 bomb to calvin this was one of matts better games as a qb, all of his passes were on point.

  5. By Craig on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    After reliving the game, the Lions really played well against the Saints, one of teh best teams in the NFL right now. Penalties hurt themn obviously, and stupid personal fouls killed them, but their play was really quite strong. To have all those penalties and still be in a positon to tie the score in the 4th quarter? That was good football; take away stupid penalties, and the Lions can play with anyone. Now will they? That is another question. Their play is very good; their mental toughness is nto so good.

  6. By C W Hutchins on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    doesn’t seem Schwartz is to worried about anything. He obviously does not command discipline from his players. Maybe time to get rid of him and get someone that will not take any BS.

  7. By wendymaddy on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    it is significant that the Lions have cleaned up all their false starts and other such penalties. now they have to address the personal penalties that haven’t really surfaced until now, when everybody on the team is nervous because all the games are so important to a shot at the playoffs. They haven’t been in this position before as a team, so of course they are wound up. Now they have to learn to put that energy into the next play, and Schwartz certainly DOES care. You aren’t in that locker room or at those meetings when Schwartz gives them his thoughts on the matters at hand. He’s one tough minded guy. You have NO idea of the amount of his fire, and you would not want to be one of his players that gets singed for misbehavior! Watch and learn about what kind of man and leader Schwartz is. He’s not going to let his team blow this chance at the playoffs!
    He’s as competitive and intelligent a man as ever coached, and he’s just getting started. If the Lions ever lost him, 31 other teams would line up to take him off their hands!

  8. By C W Hutchins on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    I watch him on the sideline. He stands there with his arms crossed. He got more fired up with the 49ers couch than he does with his players.

  9. By Devin on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    lets see someone slap YOU in the back and we’ll see how “fired up” you get…. lol you don’t know what you are talking about. until you see what he says to them in the locker room and in practice, close your mouth

  10. By LRosen on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    You guys calling for Swartz to be fired are STUPID!!! This team has not been relevant since Barry was running the ball and now that they are actually competitive, in large part due to Swartz, you’re OK if they can him? Yeah, the penalties have to be corrected but not by firing our head coach.

  11. By john on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    We’re very lucky to have Schwartz and Mayhew (remember the cauliflower-brains that preceded them?). But, don’t forget: these are young guys and, as wendymaddy rightly said, they’re really wound up. Were it not for the penalties, etc. etc., that’s actually a good sign. I have no doubt that we’re close to achieving premier status. Just keep paying those two guys what they deserve.

  12. By ELO_Kiddie on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    LULZ. Yeah let’s get rid of the only coach in the last 10 years who has gotten the Lions to win.

  13. By Bill on Dec 6, 2011 | Reply

    Schwartz is a great head coach leading the lions to becoming a playoff team. Matt will be an elite with time and experience. The rest of the lions team offense and defense is extremely extremely talented, and ive been waiting 15 years since i was old enough to love football and the lions to say that. GO DETROIT! Hope these injuries to key players clear up! And to my man kevin smith – go ahead and rest ur ankle then snag that starter position!!! hell of a running back

  14. By lee deschamps on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Wendy’s right on! Our young guys (and Burleson) have got to learn that you can’t win if you give up control to the guy on the other side. If you really want to bug that other guy, ignore him as if he wasn’t even there, and then HE gets frustrated because his talkin’ ’bout yo mama ain’t getting any results.
    You can take a man out of the streets, but it takes a while to take the streets out of the man.
    Coach Schwartz knows what he’s about, and some of you fair weather fans need to look at how far the Lions have come, and not merely how far we have to go yet. For all intents and purposes, there was no draft for the Lions this past year–in terms of significant contributions to the season by anyone drafted.
    Add the fact that there was only limited pre-season preparation and we’re doing O.K. for where we came from. We may or may not make the play-offs this year, but we will next year for certain, when some of these guys who are not mature enough to realize that they are giving control of their actions to the other team will either “team-up,” or are gone.
    Schwartz and his assistants are doing a terrific job with what they’ve got and where they are.
    So back up and get some perspective. Schwartz and Mayhew are the best thing to happen to the Lions since Bobby Layne.

  15. By lee deschamps on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    Wendy’s right on! Our young guys (and Burleson) have got to learn that you can’t win if you give up control to the guy on the other side. If you really want to bug that other guy, ignore him as if he wasn’t even there, and then HE gets frustrated because his talkin’ ’bout yo mama ain’t getting any results.
    You can take a man out of the streets, but it takes a while to take the streets out of the man.
    Coach Schwartz knows what he’s about, and some of you fair weather fans need to look at how far the Lions have come, and not merely how far we have to go yet. For all intents and purposes, there was no draft for the Lions this past year–in terms of significant contributions to the season by anyone drafted.
    Add the fact that there was only limited pre-season preparation and we’re doing O.K. for where we came from. We may or may not make the play-offs this year, but we will next year for certain, when some of these guys who are not mature enough to realize that they are giving control of their actions to the other team will either “team-up,” or are gone.
    Schwartz and his assistants are doing a terrific job with what they’ve got and where they are.
    So back up and get some perspective. Schwartz and Mayhew are the best thing to happen to the Lions since Bobby Layne.
    Our task now is to beat Green Bay two out of three this year, and once these stupid penalty things are a thing of the past, we have the talent and the heart to do that.

  16. By Dick on Dec 7, 2011 | Reply

    I live in Wisconsin, but grew up in Detroit and am still an avid Lions fan. I am not happy with several decisions the coach has made the biggest one was playing Stafford with a broken index finger and a glove on his throwing, which caused him to throw all those interceptions. Hill is a great backup and should have been playing. Also the amount of stupid penaltys have costs the team two games that they could have won. This is coaching and these and not young kids that have had very little football experience and quit making excuses for them. It looks like another year of not making the playoffs. Patience is running thin. Dick in Wisconsin

  17. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I love the way Jim is in front of the camera, he sticks up for his guys and you can bet that behind the scenes he is getting on their case. He handles himself well, I know his players love him.

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