Lions receiver Nate Burleson and the rest of his teammates have been warned that the after-the-whistle penalties that have hurt the team the last two weeks will not be tolerated any longer by coach Jim Schwartz.
“Coach, pretty much at this point, (has) a zero-tolerance policy that’s been instilled,” Burleson said. “We have to abide by that. I don’t think you’ll see too many more bonehead mistakes.”
The Lions were flagged three times against the Saints for penalties after the whistle.
Over the last two weeks, they’ve been flagged for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and two unnecessary roughness penalties. They have a total of five in 12 games.
“We have to put not only last week, but really, for the most part, the past month and the inconsistency of the past month behind us,” Burleson said. “Now we have a quarter (of the season) left. We have to knock out these four games and our attitude is good.”
Talking with the media after practice, Schwartz said players who hurt the team during this playoff stretch with selfish plays will not be available to do it again.
“We are going to do whatever we can to win football games,” he said. “Guys that hurt the team aren’t going to be available to be able to do things like that. We are going to do everything we can to win the football game.”
They haven’t been winning many football games, lately, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the penalties and mistakes, especially on offense, have prevented them from winning.
“Most of the time when we’re having struggles moving the ball on offense it is because of self-inflicted penalties,” said receiver Calvin Johnson in his Detroitlions.com blog. “Just because these penalties were personal fouls and things like that it gets more attention, but throughout the season that’s been our thing.
“We’re not moving because of self-inflicted penalties, whether it’s a false start or a misalignment or something like that. Just because these last two weeks have been personal fouls that have been on national TV, they’re going to get a lot of attention.”
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