Saturday, December 8, 2012

SCHWARTZ TRYING TO KEEP LIONS FROM FALLING APART

LIONS HEAD COACH JIM SCHWARTZ ON:

12/7/2012

The anonymous comments from a Lions player about DT Ndamukong Suh and how troublesome it is that it’s come from within: “I don’t even know if it’s coming from within. I think that before when we had anonymous source criticizing and everything else, we took the approach of we’re not going to comment on that and I think I’ll take the same approach here. When we start responding to reports or anonymous sources it just further cheapens this whole thing. We go on the record for what we believe and how we react and stuff like that and just end it there.”

Talking to the team leaders to figure out if there is fracturing going on in the locker room: “I think any time that you lose, particularly four games that we’ve lost that have been literally one play, it can be… it is very disappointing. It would be very frustrating for a team. But like you said it’s up to the leaders of the team to stay together. You need to be able to keep that in context. A lot of times from a player’s standpoint, particularly some of the ways that we lost, it wasn’t one play in the game. It was maybe six plays, and if we make one of those six we have a very good opportunity to win. That’s hard on players because you go and lose the game, and they all feel as though they were the one that made the play that could’ve lost the game. Sometimes it’s easier to get beat 42 to nothing. Player drops a touchdown pass or has a penalty, looks at it and says, ‘Jeez it didn’t really cost us the game.’

“So it’s always – anytime you lose it’s difficult in sports in general. Professional sports, college sports, anything else it’s always a difficult situation. But I think in this case it’s even a little tougher because of the way that we’ve lost those games and from a coaching standpoint, from a player standpoint, everybody feels responsible and everybody’s anxious to do better.”

How he addressed that with the team today if at all: “Well, I mean I have addressed it, but I’m not going to go into things like that. I’ve never gone to you guys with what’s said behind closed doors because there’s a reason that we say them behind closed doors. I think that’s one of the things that’s gotten astray in this whole thing. Some things are best left in meeting rooms and locker rooms and things like that. As we continue to peel the curtain back more and more and try to make this all into a soap opera. There’s less and less of it that stays where it should. Things that I say to the team I’d like to keep between me and the team.”

How you prevent the flood gates from opening after losing four straight: “We’re not worried about that. We’re worried about the Green Bay Packers, and if we’re worried about anything else we’re not going to play very well on Sunday. We need to keep our concentration on the Green Bay Packers. They have nothing to do with the other stuff that’s happened even though they were one of the games. Go out and practice and stay focused on the next opponent. That’s what we need to do.”

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