The Detroit Lions sustained their first real gut punch of the 2013 season, making a handful of mistakes en-route to a late 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Jim Schwartz addressed many of those problems as he met with the media on Monday afternoon.
Schwartz, who didn't limit his commentaries to football, discussed Detroit Tigers' manager Jim Leyland's retirement, explained why he didn't challenge the ruling on the field during yesterday's blocked field goal and attempted to explain his thinking with running out the clock at the end of the first half. Schwartz also talked injuries and confidence for the shaken Chris Houston.
On Injuries To Rashean Mathis, Corey Hilliard And Riley Reiff: "(Rashean) Mathis wasn't able to finish, but he's no worse for wear. He really stepped in and did a nice job as long as he could and was able to get us into the fourth quarter. Corey Hilliard was not able to return to the game, Riley Reiff was, he was doing his job out there, I was watching him making sure he was able to do things and that was a little encouraging other than that, we've got some day to days."
Is The Fact That So Many Tackles Are Injured Going To Affect Your Approach? Will You Have To Sign Someone This Week? "Yeah, I mean potentially, we'll have to see this week how it goes. Jason Fox has missed a couple weeks. We'll see how he goes, we could be forced to do something, but we'll see."
How Healthy Is Reggie Bush, Who Said He Had A Sore Neck? "A lot of guys get stingers during the game. It was more of a, well, it is what it is. He played through it on the field."
Why Didn't You Challenge The Lateral Ruling On The Field After The Blocked Field Goal? "Yeah, you know the first thing I wanted to make sure is it wasn't going to be an automatic review. i wanted to make sure they weren't classifying a blocked kick as a turnover. You know, in my conversations with the officials after talking to them, I decided not to challenge. If I challenge it and it's unchallengeable, it's a 15 yard penalty. I decided not to pull the trigger and challenge right there. In retrospect, I should have challenged."
Did Lack Of A Running Game Lead To A Loss? "We've had some tough match ups. This was a good front, strong linebackers. I would say that's been a common theme (during losses) and the other thing, we've failed to get takeaways on defense. When you combine those, it's hard to win. We played a very tough team, though we didn't play our best, we still had a shot to win. Lack of takeaways and lack of a consistent running game, I would certainly classify as reasons for the loss."
Why Have You Gotten More Pressure In Wins? "I don't know one cause and effect. Offense did a good job protecting the football. we had a chance, we were offside early in the game, which contributed to the sack, but that had a chance. We had a chance at some jump balls, so that contributed. We didn't come up with those plays."
Is The Secondary Dependent On Defensive Line For Its Success? " Well I wouldn't necessarily say that. We got a lot of pressure in the game, we had some effective blitzes in this game, and some not so effective. They did a good job protecting the ball, certainly don't want to pass without giving credit to them. (Andy) Dalton had some turnovers the last few years, but he did a good job taking care of the ball."
If You've Got The Chance To Defer, Why Keep Taking The Ball To Start Games? "Because we have Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. We have confidence in those guys. It's not that we don't have confidence in our defense, we like putting the ball in our offenses hands for sure."
On Chris Houston's Play: "He didn't play his best game for sure. He can play better, has played better and he'll need to. Confidence means a lot to corners. I think physically, it's the toughest thing to do in sports, be on that island."
Is Houston Still A Starter? "I don't comment on the depth chart."
Why Not Go For A Two Minute Drill At End Of First Half? "Well, we're not gonna take a poll to see what we should do right there. They had two time outs there also. If we throw incomplete passes there, we're giving them the ball back. If we crease them on a run, we can certainly get into two minute mode. We were aggressive last week and ended up giving up a field goal. No matter what you do there, you'll be answering the question. It's part of the game."
On Jim Leyland, Manager Of The Detroit Tigers Who Retired Monday: "I did get to know him just a little bit. Unfortunately, our seasons overlap, so i didn't get to spend a lot of time with him. Somewhere, someone is playing a montage of his career highlights and Frank Sinatra is playing "I did it my way." In baseball, they call the manager "skip," if he wasn't a manager, he would have been the captain of a ship somewhere. He would have been up at the helm, probably smoking a cigarette, and there would be 20 foot swells and a hurricane coming in, and he'd be saying "hey, it's going to be ok." I certainly learned a lot watching him over these last five years."
Do You Think You'll Be Coaching At 68 Like Leyland? "(Laughs). That's a long time trying to think. I am worrying about today. He's had a great career, turned a lot of teams around, there's a lot of respect for what he's done."
On The Passing Of Tennessee Titans Owner Bud Adams. What Was Your Relationship With Adams? "Certainly, it's a sad day for that club and he's one of the first guys from the AFL and NFL also. He lived in Houston, but he would come up (to games) and times and be in the locker room after games. My interactions would come on game days, stuff like that. There was a feeling in our locker room that we wanted to win for him, though we ended up a couple plays short."
How Is Calvin Johnson Feeling? Is He Hurting? "No, I mean, I think everyone made a big deal when I said he was sore last week. I think there's 52 guys who you could classify as sore after a game. He was also Megatron yesterday, he wasn't Calvin, he was Megatron yesterday. He did a lot to get us in position to win that game."
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