Jim Schwartz says Lions didn't try to run it up on Rams

Now I’ve heard everything: The Detroit Lions are being accused of running up the score on a hapless opponent.

With less than 10 minutes to play in a game the Lions would win 44-6, Detroit called for a trick play, with running back Jahvid Best throwing a pass. The pass fell incomplete, but Lions coach Jim Schwartz has been asked this week whether calling it was an attempt by the Lions to humiliate the Rams.

Schwartz says that as long as the Rams were still playing hard (“I didn’t see any white flags being waved on their sideline”) the Lions were going to keep playing hard, too.

“Well, I’ve been trying to get that called for about four weeks now,” Schwartz said on WXYT-FM, per the Detroit Free Press. “We’ve run it a bunch in training camp and things like that, and it was on our must-call list in this game. A lot of times when you do get a lead in a game it gives you an opportunity to freewheel a little bit to set some things up for the future. We have run that toss-sweep a bunch of times with Jahvid Best and teams were cheating on it. Teams were attacking and disregarding the coverage and if we want to keep running that play, keep being effective, we need to keep them honest.”

If this were high school football, I’d say that considering the feelings of overmatched opponents is a valid concern, and a coach shouldn’t call a trick play with his team leading by four touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

But in the NFL it’s different. If Schwartz thinks calling for Best to throw a pass will keep future opponents honest when Best has the ball, then the Lions were right to call it. Even if they didn’t need it to beat the Rams on Sunday.

51 responses to “Jim Schwartz says Lions didn't try to run it up on Rams

  1. They’ve won 3 games in 2+ years and you’re gonna accuse them of running up the score???!! Leave them alone, let them do whatever the hell they want if they get a lead! They’ve earned it, man

  2. When was the last time anyone accused the Lions of running up the score…….
    Even if they did, who could blame them?

  3. Running up the score is a lame thing to complain about. You play 60 minutes. Even if that means you win the game 60-0.

  4. Hey, I’m a Rams fan, and I think Mike Martz’ answer to whether he was running up the score on the Saints in a game in 2000(?) is perfect for this as well: “I thought the objective was to win the game.” (or words to that effect).

  5. It’s priceless. This must feel good, huh Lions fans?
    You deserve it.
    Schwartz was asked about running up the score be whom?
    Crying about the Lions running up the score on you is like crying to your drill sergeant that your little sister is picking on you.

  6. Sure he ran it up on them, but seeing as this is the first time in years the Lions have been in a position to run up the score on anyone, they should get a pass.

  7. I attended the local high school game on Friday. The local team was 5-0 and ranked 3rd in the state at their level; the opponent, an in-district foe, was 0-5. Both teams dressed about 30 kids, including 2 opponents who were also in the marching band.
    The game was over before kickoff. Our guys were just bigger, faster, more skilled. It was obvious from the warmups. By the end of the 1st quarter, there was no doubt. 28-0, as I recall. 49-0 at halftime. Our guys could have kept the pedal down, and likely scored 100 points.
    But they didn’t. They started playing the scrubs, tuba players, cheerleaders, concession stand workers, that nerdy kid from Chemistry class. Bear in mind that with 30 dressed players, 22 of them are starters… So, there wasn’t a lot of bench depth to work with.
    My point is this – the opponent was outclassed, our team knew it, and they did the right thing.
    In the NFL in this age of parity, no one is outclassed. They might not be considered serious contenders to defeat a top team, but they’re also not to be taken lightly. Any team can score at the drop of a hat. And everyone on the field is getting paid extraordinary amounts to give their best efforts. They’re not kids with self-esteem issues.
    I’d be concerned about run-ups if we were talking 84-6, and still passing. Not 44-6. And not the Detroit Lions, in almost any case…

  8. Once you attempt an onside kick at the beginning of a game, all bets are off. After reading some of the ignorant comments coming from Rams fans during the week, the only regret I have is that my boys didn’t put up 60.
    Sunday @ New Meadowlands is going to be a huge test for the Lions. While I’m not overly optimistic about our chances, I would love to see them play some inspired football and do what good teams do : 1. Win on the road and 2. Build off of momentum.
    G-Men have been outstanding as of late.
    GO LIONS!

  9. I am pretty sure the score was already RUN UP at that point. Rams were no match for a Lions team who had a lot of frustration to release.

  10. WTF…the Lions have every damn right to run up the score. With their luck, they would have found a way to loose it if they took their foot off the gas!
    Good job Lions…it’s about damn time!!

  11. HomoforRomo says:
    October 12, 2010 1:10 PM
    Sure he ran it up on them, but seeing as this is the first time in years the Lions have been in a position to run up the score on anyone, they should get a pass.
    _________
    They should get a pass regardless. It’s not the offense’s job to stop itself. That’s the job of the opposing defense, & if they don’t want the other team scoring 56 points, they need to prevent it from happening.

  12. How does it feel to be a Rams fan and accuse the Lions of running up the score? Lower than snake s$it I would imagine.

  13. …..NO!….dat no good…My mama always teech me play nice no run up de scowah….teams dat run up scowah no good……my mama teech me dat….I go back to trailer now

  14. Look, give it to the Lions for goodness sake. They NEEDED to run this score up and who the frack cares. If they were playing us and we were getting beat I would expect a team who hasn’t won a game this season but was finally getting some points to practice getting more. Go Lions!

  15. Im a Ramsfan and i see know problem with running up the score. Regardless of what the score is, u play to score for 4 qtrs.
    I also didnt hear anybody on or with the rams whine about it, so whats the issue??

  16. Points Fielded IS a playoff tie-breaker, and if the Lions were to turn it around and be in a position to make the playoffs, it could take a lower-tiered tie breaker to do it. No explanation needed.

  17. Lame.
    The Lions have earned a feel good game after what Matt Millen did to them.
    I don’t remember the Lions crying about getting slapped around week after week for years.
    If they can draft a shut down corner and a couple of O lineman to keep Stafford off his back they will actually look like a real live NFL team.
    Good for them.

  18. # Jeaaff Jeaaff Jeaaff says: October 12, 2010 1:03 PM
    They’ve won 3 games in 2+ years and you’re gonna accuse them of running up the score???!! Leave them alone, let them do whatever the hell they want if they get a lead! They’ve earned it, man
    —————————————————-
    I agree, let them have this one. It won’t happen again for a while.

  19. There is no such thing as running up the score. If you cant stop them then you get to live with the outcome.

  20. Reminds me of that old Disney song (Dumbo) “I be done seen about everything, when I see an elephant fly”!

  21. I’m sure Linehan had NOTHING to do with it 😉
    As for the Lions being able to run up a score?
    Damn it. Good for the Lions.

  22. You know a team has hit new lows when Detroit’s 3rd string QB (Stanton) is in the game for non-injury reasons and is taking a victory knee.

  23. Reminds me of my college days to some degree. I didn’t score often, but I’ll be damned if some dope was going to tell me the chick I finally did bang was way too hot for me. Under the circumstances, ignore the critism.

  24. Running up the score is such a stupid statement. You PLAY 60 minutes of football and these players get paid plenty of money to do so. Didnt Indy come back from 2-3 touchdowns a couple years ago when there was only about 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter? I am a Pats fan and heard a ton of that nonsense in 2007. Of course then people say, thats why they lost the superbowl and Brady was injured for 2008 cause karma came back on them for running up the score. Give me a break, play the game to the best of your ability for 60 minutes. Plain and simple.

  25. Last Saturday, the Minnesota Gophers were playing the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin was up by about 26 with six-and-a-half minutes to play. The Wisconsin coach calls for a two point conversion after scoring a TD. Did he seriously think Brewster’s boys were a threat to score 27 points for the win in less than seven minutes? Classless.
    If the game is in hand, coast.

  26. Good for the Lions and their fans. After the disaster Millen made and left for them, I think they deserve the carefree Sunday feeling of a sweet blowout! It’s good to see them on the rise.
    My Niners have now replaced you in the NFL laughingstock category!

  27. It’s the Lions. Until they are the Pats of 08, no one is going to care about them running up the score.
    Good for them.

  28. You guys are so biased. If Belichick does this you’d be demanding he be banned from the NFL Pete Rose style, but this Detroit moron does it and it’s no big deal?

  29. @ Dapollock says:
    October 12, 2010 2:34 PM
    Reminds me of my college days to some degree. I didn’t score often, but I’ll be damned if some dope was going to tell me the chick I finally did bang was way too hot for me. Under the circumstances, ignore the critism.
    ————————————————–
    Don’t exaggerate Dapollock…people didn’t tell you that the chick you finally banged was way too hot for you. They told you that it didn’t count because she was way too drunk to know what she was doing…and probably fat.
    That’s a better analogy.

  30. It had been 44 games since the Lions used the old “victory formation”…they probably had a hard time finding it in their playbook, so ran the half back option instead!

  31. FaulkAnA says:
    October 12, 2010 1:09 PM
    ….
    Crying about the Lions running up the score on you is like crying to your drill sergeant that your little sister is picking on you.
    That is AWESOME! ROFLMAO

  32. @ Dapollock says:
    October 12, 2010 2:34 PM
    Reminds me of my college days to some degree. I didn’t score often, but I’ll be damned if some dope was going to tell me the chick I finally did bang was way too hot for me. Under the circumstances, ignore the critism.
    ——————– ——————– ———-
    Don’t exaggerate Dapollock…people didn’t tell you that the chick you finally banged was way too hot for you. They told you that it didn’t count because she was way too drunk to know what she was doing…and probably fat.
    That’s a better analogy.
    ————————
    My sister was not drunk and fat!
    Disclaimer: I don’t have a sister and I didn’t shag her.

  33. They’ve won 3 games in 2+ years and you’re gonna accuse them of running up the score???!! Leave them alone, let them do whatever the hell they want if they get a lead! They’ve earned it, man!

  34. did anyone ever just think it would be a fun, entertaining play for Lions fans to watch and enjoy? We Lions fans have suffered soooo long that anything the team does to brings smiles to our faces should be applauded!

  35. @ taco bill
    If you can’t tell the difference between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions then kindly remove your head from your arse.
    1) Schwartz is not a moron, he’s the first legitimate shot at a coach the Lions have had since Wayne Fontes
    2) The Lions didn’t really run up the score. Their defense scored the final touchdown and this team finds a way to lose weekly, so I don’t fault them for going full steam for 60 minutes
    3) Belichek and the Patriots are a perennial contender in the league so when they trample cleveland 72-3, people get a little snippy about it
    4) I doubt, highly, that anyone would suggest Belichek should be banned from football in the same manner Pete Rose is banned from baseball. That’s a terrible analogy and re-enforces my point of your head being positioned firmly in your arse.

  36. this isn’t high school. these guys get paid for a living. they don’t like the score being run up then do something about it and play better defense.

  37. It’s been a while, the last time the Lions ran up the score was in the Coliseum in Rome. It’s strange that were not saying this about the “supposed” power house the Green Bay Packers, or for that matter any other team in the division. Strange happenings in a strange year in the NFL.

  38. I am so tired of people complaining about teams being competitive even with a lead. Its a competitive sport, and I would find it more insulting if my opponent let up on me to let me catch up than “run up the score”. Also, the NFL is a business and high scores sell tickets. As a paying customer, I want to see two teams at the highest level of competition for 4 quarters; not until someone gets a 3 TD lead.
    Bottom line, if the Rams wanted the Lions to stop running up the score, they should have played better defense.

  39. they didnt run up the score, i wont get onto this team for scoring, this is NEEDED. The lions havent scored like this in years, they need this offense to click because when Stafford gets back, this team can sneak in some wins.

  40. That is not running up the score…it is ensuring victory at a time when a team can score at almost any time. If you lead by 30+ with 5 minutes left and you throw a bomb or run a fake punt then, yeah, that’s attempting to run up the score. Play for 60 minutes on both sides of the ball. It is the responsibility of the defense to prevent points.

  41. Rams fan here. You kicked our behinds! Good job. No run up hard feelings here. When Bradford throws a pick, run it to the house. The DB’s salaries are based on stats. You can’t hold back or you don’t get paid. I don’t like that the Rams lost, but the Lions played well. I wish them (Lions) luck going forward. Let’s hope the 49’s go 16 and 0 this year! Same Ol’ sorry azz 49’s!

  42. Schwartz: “A lot of times when you do get a lead in a game it gives you an opportunity to freewheel a little bit to set some things up for the future.”
    I wouldn’t call it running up the score, as the last score for the Lions in that game was a pick-6. They obviously didn’t need to score the final two times, but they needed to do it as preparation for next week vs the NY Football Giants.

  43. I’m still pinching myself this is a topic. If the Lions beat the G-men I am going streaking thru the quad and the gymnasium.

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