The Detroit Lions tasted defeat for the first time in 2013, leading head coach Jim Schwartz to be a little testy and defensive during his Monday press conference. At the end of the day, though, Schwartz said the Arizona Cardinals made the plays needed to win, while his Lions did not. Pretty simple yet truthful analysis.
Schwartz was particularly combustible when discussing a report by Jay Glazer regarding Ndamukong Suh's behavior in practice. The coach also took fans inside some of the biggest plays from Sunday, discussed discipline (again) and updated the status of Reggie Bush, Nick Fairley and Patrick Edwards.
Reggie Bush Knee Injury Update: "Tests were negative and it's not a long term injury. He'll be sore, but nothing long term there. We did a lot of tests on it, he was able to go back in the game but not be effective. Tests today were encouraging."
Brandon Pettigrew Struggled Again. Thoughts? "Number one, he blocked real well (yesterday). He brought something to the game. He made a great catch to start our two minute drill. He has made tough catches in traffic in the past. He needs to get back to that. He needs to make stronger catches and play stronger."
Why Didn't Joseph Fauria And Tony Scheffler See More Playing Time? "It's just the way thing were and the way the game went. We didn't have stuff where they were going to be featured, like red zone. They can be contributors. Last week, we got contributions from a lot of players. This week, we didn't. We need to be able to get plays out of them in the course of the game because last week that helped us. We weren't able to break it open with one of those other guys."
Did Reggie Bush's Other Injuries Affect Him On Sunday? "I wouldn't necessarily say he was playing with those when he was making all his plays in the first half. It was the knee that was aggravating him."
Was David Akers Hurt? Why The Missed Field Goals? "He wasn't injured, he was shaken up on that first field goal. He's a consistent kicker, he's a good kicker. He'll make more than get missed. I think our protection needs to get better. We trust Dave will make those plays for us as the season goes on."
How Much More Time Will Nick Fairley Miss? What Happened To Patrick Edwards? "We'll see with Nick. He's day to day. Pat sprained his ankle, they taped it up, he tried to go back but wasn't effective. It is what it is. We'll see where it is later, and try to get him back in."
If Edwards Is Hurt, Could Ryan Broyles Come Back? "It depends. In the preseason, we limited his play. In the regular season, you have less of a chance to do that. He's physically strong, he's working his way back into game shape. He's making progress, but it's too hard to say right now."
Did Israel Idonije And Jason Jones Struggle At Left Defensive End? "I don't think they struggled. It's going to be hard to get on the outside of the field when Carson Palmer's getting the ball out quick like he did. They had a hard time on third down, I think because we were getting there. I think every guy up front, linebackers, defensive backs, can all play better. We played well at times, but didn't play consistent enough to get a win."
The Lions Have Had 19 penalties In 2 Games. Is There A Discipline Problem? What Needs To Change? "Willie (Young) played good game except for that one (illegal hands to the face) play. Unfortunately for him, that turned his ledger sheet negative. We had two pass interference calls, generally when you get penalties like that, it's from bad technique or being physically in a bad spot, whether it be in the scheme or putting yourself in a bad spot. The calls put us in a bad spot. That's on us as coaches and players to get it corrected."
With The 19 Penalties, Is There A Larger Discipline Issue? "It's certainly too many for us, but we're two games into the season. There's a lot of teams that probably feel the same way. Last year, our penalties decreased, we won 4 games. Year before, we won 10 games and had a lot. I'm not saying it's a good thing. You just need to take steps to make sure penalties don't happen."
Did You Feel Disappointed That The Lions Reverted To 2012 In The Second Half, Especially With The Secondary Play? Why Is Darius Slay Getting Consistently Benched? "Our defense made plays in the secondary in the second half, too. I wouldn't characterize it the way you did. Again, I think "benching" is too much of a negative connotation there. I prefer (the term) call to the bullpen there. There's things Slay has seen for the very first time. There's not a whole lot of learning curve. When he's on, he's on. But there's times we have had to go to bullpen. In those scenarios, Rashean (Mathis) has done well."
Is The Offense Struggling Without Reggie Bush Alarming To You? "There's a reason we went and got him, because he's an important guy in our offense. I think a lot of teams would say they struggled to move the ball if they lost that guy. I don't think we're any different than any other team in the league in that aspect, but losing Reggie in that game played a factor. Losing Patrick Edwards also played a factor. We have available players, we have to mix and match them. I think the difference was, we had a very effective run game (against Minnesota). In this game, we never got that going. When we couldn't do that, it made it easier to defend out passing game."
On MIchael Spurlock's Interesting Afternoon. Could He Lose His Job? "We always consider every option that we have. He hasn't had lots of experience to return kicks, especially with them going out of the end zone. Punt game wise, you see it from the way Sam (Martin) punted yesterday. I don't know if Arizona is saying the same thing about Patrick Peterson today not doing much in the return game. Punters and kickers can make it difficult to get it going."
On Darius Slay's Confidence: "He's a confident player. He's got a good mental makeup."
On The Consistently Inactive Mikel Leshoure: "He hasn't sulked. Players can't control roster decisions and Mikel and any of their other players, if they concentrate on that, that's all they can control. When he's asked to play, he'll play well for us this year."
Jay Glazer Had A Report Which Said Ndamukong Suh Was, In Essence, Out Of Control During Practice. Thoughts? "You guys are at practice everyday, you guys won't get scooped on that. I can say he has never slammed anyone's head to the ground or stomped anybody. I would bet you guys would have reported that long before a guy who has never been to one our practices. (Suh's) done a great job of working around the quarterback in practice."
In Front Of A National T.V. Audience Last Night, Tony Dungy Admitted He Was A Lions Fan And, Regarding The Loss, Said "Same Old Lions." Does That Resonate More Coming From Him? "I'm glad he's a fan of the Lions, but I've never seen him come to one of our practices. I'm sure he watches, every fan has opinion. I'm glad hes a fan, but his criticism means as much as everyone else's. We know where we need to improve, where we need to play better. We're 1-1. We cant under-react to a loss, but we also can't overreact. That's easy to do, especially if we react to every person's opinion. I look at it as half-full, we can make those plays we didn't make in Arizona during a season and will."
Why Is This Franchise Not Able To Win In Places Like Arizona, Washington And Green Bay? "Matt Stafford has never played in Washington. I've never coached there with Detroit. It's hard to be putting that on the resume of a particular player. Every year is different, every play is different, you gotta go out work hard during the week, put a game plan together and win on Sunday. That's what helps lead victories."
Does The Decision To Re-Sign DeAndre Levy Over Justin Durant Look Better Now That He's Producing? "(Levy) has always been a guy who's been around the football that can make those plays. The reason we signed him was, he's been a good player for us and we wanted to continue that along. I'd say that's the best way to describe that, not because of a contract."
Explain The Decision To Run Twice Prior To Halftime: "There was 50 seconds left (in the half), we're on our own 20 yard line. We didn't just take a knee, we ran a run we've creased in the past. The one thing you also want to do is avoid going three and out real quick giving them a chance to score. They made the defensive play, and we decided to go in at halftime. There's things people will critique, but we'll do what we think is best to win the game. It was a conservative play, but we aggressively called it."
Additionally, Why Didn't You Let Arizona Score Late To Conserve Time? "If we had been inside a minute, maybe. If we got a stop to hold them to a field goal, say it's even 1:30 or 1:20 left, you have a much bigger percentage of winning if you only need a field goal, so we're going to try and stop them. We didn't get the job done when we got the ball back, which was biggest thing there."
What Happened On The Final Play Of The Game? "(Nate) Burleson got jammed up at the line, that's a play he had made first downs on early. They made the plays to win the game we didn't."
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