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Jim Schwartz confident in Lions’ cornerbacks

Lions head coach Schwartz looks on as his team took on the Saints during their NFL football game in New Orleans Reuters

Cornerback was already a position of need for the Lions heading into this offseason, even before they lost starter Eric Wright in free agency. So many Lions fans were disappointed when the team didn’t address the position in the first round of the NFL draft, and downright baffled when the Lions didn’t take a corner in the second round, either.

But Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he’s got this.

Detroit drafted cornerbacks in the third, fifth and sixth rounds, so they know they have quantity at the position. And Schwartz says the Lions know they have quality at the position, too.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever really gone in saying, ‘You want to have good competition,'” Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press. “What you really want is you want to have good players. If you have enough good players, you’ll have competition, but I don’t know we’re really looking to say, ‘We’re trying to have competition.’ We’re trying to have good players, and I think we have a couple there.”

Chris Houston, who started 13 games at cornerback for the Lions last season and led the team with five interceptions, will be one of the starters at cornerback, and Schwartz will have to hope that one of the rookies (Dwight Bentley, Chris Greenwood or Jonte Green) will be ready to start as well. The Lions’ cornerbacks didn’t inspire much confidence at the end of last season, and the Lions’ offseason moves haven’t inspired much confidence at the position, either — except from Schwartz.

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  1. rdly49ers says: May 20, 2012 12:22 PM

    Lol ..can’t wait 4 the season to start….

  2. badnews3123 says: May 20, 2012 12:27 PM

    No, they don’t need a rookie to start. Aaron Berry had a solid season last year and they also signed a vet with starting experience in Jacob Lacey. The corners need help, but injuries were a huge issue at the end of the season. Having Alphonso Smith and Brandon McDonald getting a lot playing time was a major issue.

  3. 3ghostninja says: May 20, 2012 12:37 PM

    I’m really intrigued by Greenwood. Physically, the guy is every bit as capable as anyone in the league. The question mark comes in with the fact that he bounced around at small schools before finally settling in at Albion.

    With some NFL coaching on technique and an unrelenting drive, he could turn into a special player.

  4. malekmj says: May 20, 2012 12:38 PM

    The Lions are the team of the future. 40 Points a game and a defense built for turnovers. A cornerback that could actually play would be helpful however.

  5. pacificnw7722 says: May 20, 2012 12:40 PM

    “But Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he’s got this.”

    May the Schwartz be with you!

  6. hus10188 says: May 20, 2012 12:41 PM

    The gift = Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Suh.
    The curse = They’re first round bloated contracts that account for the majority of their cap, causing them to not being able to sign a high calibre corner.

  7. cobrala2 says: May 20, 2012 12:46 PM

    malekmj, we’re going to assume by “team of the future” you’re assuming “after Schwartz gets fired”.

  8. lks311 says: May 20, 2012 12:49 PM

    As you read between the lines from interviews with Mayhew and Schwartz, you the get the feeling that after they missed on Gilmore (who they tried to go up and get) and passed on Jenkins (for obvious character reasons) they decided there was very little difference between the #3 rated DB and the #20. Thus, they stayed true to their board.

    I think their draft record over the past three years buys them the benefit of the doubt.

  9. eddieapoc says: May 20, 2012 12:58 PM

    As a Lions fan I hope he’s right. I guess we will find out. Looks like a talented crop of corners I just wonder if they are too green to be effective.

  10. purpleguy says: May 20, 2012 12:58 PM

    The Lions have some awesome blue chippers at key positions, but whenever I see Lions fans referencing this “team of the future” stuff, I always wonder if they have looked at the average age of the roster — it’s one of the older rosters in the league.

  11. imjinbrdgr says: May 20, 2012 1:11 PM

    Dear Coach Schwartz,
    I totally agree that your cornerbacks are fine. I’m’ sure they are all fine upstanding young men and will play great for you this year. I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Sincerely,

    Aaron Rodgers

  12. simplesimon1 says: May 20, 2012 1:13 PM

    @purpleguy

    One of the older rosters in the league?!!! Aside from Hanson, KVB, Burleson and the O-line, I’m wondering where these old players are.

  13. funktron2x says: May 20, 2012 1:14 PM

    Average roster age gets a funky skew when you have a 42 yr old k, a 38 year old p, a 33 year old backup qb. All the important players outside of kvb and corey williams are under 27.

  14. deepfreezerob says: May 20, 2012 1:17 PM

    purpleguy says: May 20, 2012 12:58 PM

    The Lions have some awesome blue chippers at key positions, but whenever I see Lions fans referencing this “team of the future” stuff, I always wonder if they have looked at the average age of the roster — it’s one of the older rosters in the league.

    Certain guys like Backus Raiola Hanson and KVG push that median age up. and it’s not like the difference in the oldest and youngest teams is 7-8 years. The Lions stars are young especially the QB

  15. garrison1981 says: May 20, 2012 1:23 PM

    At COBRALA; r u retarded! He took at 0-16 team and turned them into a playoff team with Super Bowl hopes! He’s a top 5 nfl coach and done prob the best in league with what he had! Get your facts right before stupity flows out your mouth!

  16. deepfreezerob says: May 20, 2012 1:23 PM

    hus10188 says: May 20, 2012 12:41 PM

    The gift = Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Suh.
    The curse = They’re first round bloated contracts that account for the majority of their cap, causing them to not being able to sign a high calibre corner.

    sigh the price of being bad under the old CBA. They needed still to draft corners as CB’s are usually overpriced as FA’s Look at Asante Samuel. he was a 4th round pick who when he wanted a ton of money in FA, The Pats let the Eagles overpay him

  17. deepfreezerob says: May 20, 2012 1:29 PM

    Oh and one of the reasons why the secondary was so bad was that damn Wide Nine defense. Philly played it and had the same problems as the Lions albeit because of their LB’s. Namdi looked real bad last year too however

  18. deepfreezerob says: May 20, 2012 1:31 PM

    imjinbrdgr says: May 20, 2012 1:11 PM

    Dear Coach Schwartz,
    I totally agree that your cornerbacks are fine. I’m’ sure they are all fine upstanding young men and will play great for you this year. I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Sincerely,

    Aaron Rodgers

    imjinbrdgr says: May 20, 2012 1:11 PM

    Dear Coach McCarthy,
    I totally agree that your cornerbacks are fine. I’m’ sure they are all fine upstanding young men and will play great for you this year. I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Sincerely,
    Matt Stafford

    Packers gave up the most passing yards in NFL history….Pot…. meet kettle

  19. jaderbear76 says: May 20, 2012 1:44 PM

    And I am confident cutler will lite up the lions corners per usual!

  20. realitycheck21 says: May 20, 2012 1:51 PM

    Joe a long-time lions fan…digs deep into his jeans pocket and removes his right hand. He holds his hand up high and reveals the universal gesture used to indicate warmth and admiration. This is how I feel about Schwartz’s judgment he states. If he says it, it must be true.

  21. lks311 says: May 20, 2012 1:57 PM

    It’s been said here a few times, but still bears repeating—this average age stat is so misleading and the people that publish it are lazy journalist. A better measurement would be “average skill position age” or “average impact/star player age”. That would give you a better barometer of a team’s window to win. Journalists, quit sitting on your tail and do the work.

  22. woodyg says: May 20, 2012 2:00 PM

    The Lions secondary will once again prove to be an enormous weak area of the “D”. The Lions may very well have to score at a 30+ clip a game because their “D” is going to allow every team to stay close.

    In the end, expect many games to be 35-31, 38-31, 41-35, etc. Unfortunately, the Lions will only be able to pull out 6 or 7 victories in 2012. Schwartz won’t be so confident when the Lions are out of the playoff race by game 12.

  23. imjinbrdgr says: May 20, 2012 2:04 PM

    imjinbrdgr says: May 20, 2012 1:11 PM

    Dear Coach McCarthy,
    I totally agree that your cornerbacks are fine. I’m’ sure they are all fine upstanding young men and will play great for you this year. I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Sincerely,
    Matt Stafford

    Packers gave up the most passing yards in NFL history….Pot…. meet kettle
    ——————————————-

    Difference is McCarthy isn’t an idiot who just denies the facts . They drafted a corner and and linebackers and D lineman to help out the pass rush thus helping the DB’s

    PS Stafford will not make it through 2 seasons in a row without injury.

  24. simplesimon1 says: May 20, 2012 2:20 PM

    @jaderbear

    LOL…. I’m confident the Bears QB will be running for his life and crying after getting shoved…per usual

    And, what would a post about the Lions be without good ole woodyg posting his idiocy once again….LOL.. Pretty sure you posted the Lions would win that many last year too buddy.

    Period, if Leshoure turns out to be the beast he’s been called, and stays healthy, the Lions are going to be a very big force this year. And the CB’s were not as bad as 3 games made them seem last year. When healthy they’ll be just fine.

  25. funktron2x says: May 20, 2012 2:21 PM

    The Lions drafted thee cbs and brought in a guy who has started in the league. And the “Stafford can’t stay healthy” junk is nothing more than fear at the understanding the Lions are a force to be reckoned with. Nothing more.

  26. deepfreezerob says: May 20, 2012 2:21 PM

    woodyg says: May 20, 2012 2:00 PM

    The Lions secondary will once again prove to be an enormous weak area of the “D”. The Lions may very well have to score at a 30+ clip a game because their “D” is going to allow every team to stay close.

    In the end, expect many games to be 35-31, 38-31, 41-35, etc. Unfortunately, the Lions will only be able to pull out 6 or 7 victories in 2012. Schwartz won’t be so confident when the Lions are out of the playoff race by game 12.

    Did you know the World Champion Giants gave up more total yards (6022 to 5881) passing yards per game (255.1 to 239.4) and more points per game (25 to 24.2) than the Lions. What is came down to is their D Line played like it was supposed to down the stretch and the Lions D- Line didn’t, Suh and Co. are the best unit on that D.they have play like it when it matters

  27. thedetroitsportsfan says: May 20, 2012 2:24 PM

    @cobrala
    if there’s anything wrong with the Lions it ain’t Schwartz .. one of the best coaches in the league and will lead this team to and thru the post season for years to come

  28. deepfreezerob says: May 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    imjinbrdgr says: May 20, 2012 2:04 PM i
    mjinbrdgr says: May 20, 2012 2:04 PM Difference is McCarthy isn’t an idiot who just denies the facts . They drafted a corner and and linebackers and D lineman to help out the pass rush thus helping the DB’s

    PS Stafford will not make it through 2 seasons in a row without a injury.

    deny what facts

    Let not talk about All the packer injuries in their secondary including Nick Collins being gone. your Db’s took a step back. Woodson had to play damn near everywhere. oh and by the way how strong is your O line again? Packers have been really lucky Rodgers hasn’t been hurt yet.. and you really trust Graham Harrell to run that offense

  29. lolb23 says: May 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    So many Lions fans were disappointed when the team didn’t address the position in the first round of the NFL draft, and downright baffled when the Lions didn’t take a corner in the second round, either.
    __________________________________

    No real fans felt this way. Mayhew and Schwartz have been drafting BPA for 4 years now, never reaching for need, and during this time they went from 0-16 to 10-6 and into the playoffs. Any fans “baffled” by any pick by the current staff is still living in Millen Land.

  30. heathshuler says: May 20, 2012 2:34 PM

    lions are moving in the right direction, watch these young cbs play before you knock them.

  31. robf2010 says: May 20, 2012 2:52 PM

    “if there’s anything wrong with the Lions it ain’t Schwartz”

    Wrong. Schwartz is immature and so is his team. Coincidence? Absolutely not. They’ve got some talent but their coach is holding them back.

  32. Deb says: May 20, 2012 3:12 PM

    Detroit’s still an extremely talented team though. It wasn’t corners that failed them last season–it was discipline. If Schwartz can harness all the passion of these young players, this will be a scary team going forward, even with some weakness in the secondary.

  33. imjinbrdgr says: May 20, 2012 3:33 PM

    The Lions ALWAYS find a way to blow it. They’ve been doing it for 50+ years. I admit they’re promising this year. Problem is they’ve had promising years before, and they ALWAYS find a way to blow it. Even the most die hard Lion fan, if he’s being honest, will admit this. It’s not always their fault, it could be injuries, players landing in jail, Coaches or players dying, it’s always something. Sometimes it is their fault. Wayne Fontes proclaiming the “Rodney Peete in my quarterback” after Eric Kramer took them to the NFC Championship game the year before is a good example.

    Until they prove otherwise it’s not a question of “if” they’ll blow it, but “how” they’ll blow it.

  34. kingcarlbanks says: May 20, 2012 3:51 PM

    Strong D line at can cover for a weak secondary. If Suh, Fairley, KVB, and Avril get consistent pressure than the secondary will be okay.

  35. bigwalt2990 says: May 20, 2012 5:35 PM

    Greenwood and Green are 6′ players with 4.4 speed. They’ll develop into safeties if nothing else.

  36. lionfreq says: May 20, 2012 9:54 PM

    I can’t believe nobody’s made any reefer cracks yet.

    The Lions continuity on offense will make them unstoppable. Linehan is a great OC and the youngstars are going to get better and better. With the emergence of Titus Young, a running game and Broyles returning kicks….watch out.

    All you haters out there have to admit the Lions are a feared opponent. No guaranteed W’s anymore.

    Bring it!

  37. truelionsfan says: May 20, 2012 10:34 PM

    Before the injuries to the rb’s our D was top 15 in the league. Only after we had to throw the ball every down, did our D wear down and started giving up big plays. I’m pretty sure we were still top 10 in TO ratio. With a healthy Fairley and, Delmas look out.

  38. istillhatemillen says: May 20, 2012 11:28 PM

    jaderbear76 says: May 20, 2012 1:44 PM

    And I am confident cutler will lite up the lions corners per usual!

    -I totally forgot about how you guys kicked our asses on MNF last year…

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