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Jim Schwartz is angry, disappointed with Lions’ off-field problems

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Lions coach Jim Schwartz is getting upset about his players’ repeated discipline problems.

Schwartz spoke to reporters at Organized Team Activities today, a day when the big question facing his team revolve around 2011 first-round draft pick Nick Fairley’s recent DUI arrest and 2011 second-round draft pick Titus Young’s return to OTAs after being sent away for sucker punching a teammate.

According to reporters on the scene, Schwartz said he is angry about repeated incidents (which include five different arrests this year from the team’s five-member 2011 draft class) and disappointed that the incidents are reflecting badly on other players and the Lions as a franchise.

“I think what we have here is a case of a few guys tainting the reputations of a lot of others,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz said he talked to Fairley today and also addressed Fairley’s arrest with the entire team. Lions receiver Nate Burleson said Young apologized during an offensive meeting. (The person he most needs to apologize to, Louis Delmas, plays defense.)

Fairley and Young were escorted off the practice field by team security so that they would not have any contact with reporters.

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  1. hendeeze says: May 29, 2012 12:40 PM

    In response, Jim Schwartz stamps his feet in protest

  2. joetoronto says: May 29, 2012 12:40 PM

    He did it, better late than never.

  3. NoobTubeTV says: May 29, 2012 12:42 PM

    Detroit… Good people there.

  4. markpackman says: May 29, 2012 12:43 PM

    Shock and Awe from a coach who started an on-field scuffle with a rival coach??? This guy can’t even control himself! Why is he surprised the Lions have no discipline?

  5. elheorf says: May 29, 2012 12:44 PM

    Golly gee, look at the guys that are causing the problems, am I supposed to be surprised?

  6. baddegg says: May 29, 2012 12:45 PM

    So angry, in fact, that he chased down his assistant coaches and punched them for shaking his hand too hard.

    Every parent knows that your kids listen to what you do, not what you say…

  7. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 29, 2012 12:45 PM

    Enough talk coach…do something about it.

    I won’t believe it until it stops. The Lions have to be the most talented team in the league and also the most self-destructive. I watched them have big games won and then do stupid things to make them lose it.

    That’s on YOU coach.

  8. tenotnamedmiller says: May 29, 2012 12:46 PM

    Schwartz showed more anger towards Harbaugh than towards Fairley.

  9. cakemixa says: May 29, 2012 12:47 PM

    Maybe their head coach should do something about it.

  10. amg503 says: May 29, 2012 12:47 PM

    To make matter’s worse, I hear Harbaugh came over and wanted to shake his hand.

  11. franktherat96 says: May 29, 2012 12:48 PM

    Somebody give him a pat on the back, it sounds like he needs one….Where’s Jim Harbaugh when you need him…lol

  12. lightcleric says: May 29, 2012 12:48 PM

    Schwartz is angry they’re too busy doing dumb stuff outside of games to do dumb stuff in games.

  13. kattykathy says: May 29, 2012 12:49 PM

    The players are immature punks anyway.
    But can seeing their coach act like a spoiled brat throwing a temper tantrum on the field, at an opposing, coach help matters?

  14. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 29, 2012 12:52 PM

    It was a nice run for the Lions. Now it’s back to normal.

  15. vetdana says: May 29, 2012 12:55 PM

    Apparently these young players have no idea of what a rare privilege they have been granted.. to play in the NFL ,earn a fortune and receive fame and adulation.They act as if this is owed to them !If they were on the outside with the rest of the working population and trying too put food on the table , they would have a completely different idea of what life is all about !

  16. ninerdynasty says: May 29, 2012 12:56 PM

    Says the guy that wanted to start s brawl in the middle of the field in front of his players on national TV. Perhaps he has never heard of the term ” lead by example!”

  17. Bearfan54 says: May 29, 2012 12:59 PM

    Start releasing the players who get in multiple altercations and you’ll send a message. Otherwise they won’t learn.

  18. abninf says: May 29, 2012 12:59 PM

    For every crime when someone gets caught there are always way more that guys get away with. No telling what all else is going on with that roster.

  19. polegojim says: May 29, 2012 1:00 PM

    I got no defense for my team on this one.

    All criticism is earned and just.

    Live it down in life and prove it on the field. There is no other response.

  20. rmc1995 says: May 29, 2012 1:01 PM

    Nate isn’t Delmas so why would he mention if Young apologized to Delmas? I suppose the writer believes if no one is around a falling tree makes no sound. I haven’t seen Delmas comment on the punch at all, does that mean Young didn’t punch him? My guess is Delmas and Young are past it, and Young has already apologized and Delmas doesn’t think it’s necessary to go public with something he’s already over.

  21. darthhitman77 says: May 29, 2012 1:02 PM

    Look at everyone with the same ole Harbaugh/Schwartz handshake talk lol. Same morons that talk about being flabbergasted, wanting an explanation etc. Truth be told, I’m GLAD schwartz went after harbaugh, he’s a chump and disrespected Schwartz in his house. Come into my house and show me disrespect and see what happens. I only pray the Lions get in and out of the g ay bay without bullet wounds

  22. binkystevens says: May 29, 2012 1:04 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool: really? Most talented team in the league? Who do they have besides Calvin Johnson and a solid D-line? They’re middle of the pack.

  23. thegreatgabbert says: May 29, 2012 1:05 PM

    Schwartz thinks it’s sad that the actions of 30 or 40 players on the team tarnish the reputations of the other 20.

  24. londonfletcher says: May 29, 2012 1:07 PM

    Brandon Marshall wants an apology

  25. mazenblue says: May 29, 2012 1:13 PM

    I like how everyone label the whole team sour apples for a couple of kids actions. You guys make absolutely no sense. With that same logic, let’s call the whole team a bunch of kind gentlemen because Stafford donated some money. Makes no sense does it?

  26. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 29, 2012 1:14 PM

    I’m sorry did I miss the part of the news conference where he said he was going to do something about it?

    Until then it’s just words, that he was obligated to say by the PR team.

  27. stinkfingers says: May 29, 2012 1:23 PM

    Why is Jim Schwartz involved? Did the cops shake Nick Fairley’s hand too hard?

  28. fiveaces20000 says: May 29, 2012 1:25 PM

    Better pissed off than pissed on. They will get pissed on when they start playing teams in their division.

    Talk is cheap…do something about it Jim Schwartz.

  29. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 29, 2012 1:27 PM

    Escorted off the field? Way to allow them to man up.

    Stop coddling these idiot players and that goes for all teams not just the Lions.

  30. mizzouram says: May 29, 2012 1:34 PM

    Where the derogitory are quotes you guys usually put on each post. Shouldn’t this headline read: Jim Schwartz is “angry”, “disappointed” with Lions’ off-field problems?

  31. zingo1978 says: May 29, 2012 1:42 PM

    You guys need to buy the Lions a gift basket for giving you things to write about every week.

  32. rmc1995 says: May 29, 2012 1:43 PM

    More Niner fans writing that Schwartz needs to lead by example. Funny stuff. This means I have to write that as a 42 year old man Jim Harbaugh was arrested for a DUI. As a player he broke his hand punching Jim Kelly, and as a coach for Stanford he accepted an interview with the Dolphins while they still had a head coach under contract.

    Schwartz’s example was not allowing some fool treat him like a chump on his home field.

    I’ll go with Schwartz’s example every time.

  33. bullcharger says: May 29, 2012 1:47 PM

    Schwartz is the next Gregg Williams. He got his team to this level by building a nasty and dirty team that tries to injure on every play. Way worse than the Saints. Now he can’t control these guys at all.

    They have tremendous talent, but they have to settle down.

  34. bearsfan88 says: May 29, 2012 1:48 PM

    darthhitman77 says:
    May 29, 2012 1:02 PM
    Look at everyone with the same ole Harbaugh/Schwartz handshake talk lol. Same morons that talk about being flabbergasted, wanting an explanation etc. Truth be told, I’m GLAD schwartz went after harbaugh, he’s a chump and disrespected Schwartz in his house. Come into my house and show me disrespect and see what happens. I only pray the Lions get in and out of the g ay bay without bullet wounds

    Typical chest-beating Lions fan getting all hotheaded when people speak the truth about your insane coach. He can’t control his temper or his players, and it warms my heart each time the Motor City Kitties end up on the wrong side of the law. Good luck this season when half your team is suspended under the PC policy.

  35. jmoney68 says: May 29, 2012 1:49 PM

    What’s interesting is that the entire league (and fans) knew that these guys had baggage before the Lions decided to draft them. What amazes me is that these teams spend all that money and time investigating these guys, digging into their backgrounds and after all of that, they still draft players with sketchy backgrounds. You can’t get upset when the guys that were dirtbags before you signed them to contracts are still acting like idiots after the money is in hand. At some point, teams are going to have start taking responsibility for the people that they decide to hire and start to push themselves away from the table when it comes to putting knuckle heads on their teams, regardless of their talent level. This kind of continuous negative exposure can’t be good for the NFL’s business model over the long haul

  36. Kaz says: May 29, 2012 1:59 PM

    It just goes to show you never really know when it comes to the draft. I remember Fairley from the Championship game and thought he was a beast in the making. Now fans are thankful their teams didn’t pick him. Crazy…..

  37. rkolenda says: May 29, 2012 1:59 PM

    I am amazed at the people here that think they know all the answers to how to handle every situation. We have no idea what goes on behind
    closed doors to address these situations.
    Lots of haters out here.

  38. bdawkins20 says: May 29, 2012 2:01 PM

    here’s a thought, stop drafting questionable players who have not shown anything on the field. it all starts at the top. 2 years from now it will be nick who? oh yeah he was that bust from detroit who liked weed………….

  39. rmc1995 says: May 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    Remember when everyone passed on Randy Moss because he had baggage? Fools.

  40. detroitordie says: May 29, 2012 2:13 PM

    I don’t really feel like “handshake gate” was any different than what Jim Leyland or any other manager does to an empire on a daily basis. A little yellin’, a little chest bump; we have a passionate coach. I’m thrilled that my football coach is not a soft spoken man named Lovie.

    Please continue to refer to us as the Bad Boys of football. The last 2 eras that Detroit teams were referred as that won 3 NBA championships.

    For the record… I am THRILLED my QB was lifting kegs over his head, partying his ass off… Joey Blueskies didn’t quite work out.

    This 2011 draft class was getting all their mistakes out now and anything they provide will be a bonus to a Lions team the only really got production from Titus Young, who doesn’t appear to have a drug or alcohol problem, he just has a little man syndrome.

    21 of 22 starters are back… and if LeShoure, Fairley, Reiff, Broyles, Bentley or a Lewis do ANYTHING, we are gunna be a team you would probably rather not play.

    Go Leos! Suck it Trebek!

  41. intedwetrust says: May 29, 2012 2:32 PM

    As a Packer fan I must say thank God this guy is in charge…if they had anyone competent in there they’d be perennial Super Bowl contenders. As it is they’re just a group of overly talented, underachieving kids with no real accountability or supervision. You reap what you sew Lions.

  42. mvp43 says: May 29, 2012 2:32 PM

    and you have a coach that chases another coach down the sideline? that is as unprofessional as it gets.

    Schwartz himself has created these problems. He’s instilled this tough anything goes attitude and its gone too far.

  43. maddmarx07 says: May 29, 2012 2:40 PM

    the worst part of all of this is that i promise if fairley or leshore get kicked out there will be 28 other teams wanting them. teams like the cowboys who love the dumb a$$e$. so its really all up to the players to get their head out of their asses… and last part, these are supposed to be fully grown adults graduated from college. the coach cannot parent them in the offseason.

  44. lionsfan14 says: May 29, 2012 2:54 PM

    Its a joke that people on here think that how the coach acts the players are going to follow suit. these are grown men, I think they will how they want. This isnt little league where the players are looking up to the coach as a role model or guidance counselor. And for people ripping on Schwartz for the hand shake thing is ridiculous. If this happened to any other coach in the league I guarantee you majority of the other coaches would have acted in the same manner. Scenario: you just lost with seconds left, opposing coach jumping around like he won the super bowl, runs up to you slaps your hand like your on his team, strong pat on the back and pushes you out of his way. I think coaches like, Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells, John Gruden, Vince Lombardi, Mike Tomlin and Mike Ditka would have acted in similar fashion, oh and all of these men have won the super bowl.

  45. lionsfan14 says: May 29, 2012 2:54 PM

    Its a joke that people on here think that how the coach acts the players are going to follow suit. these are grown men, I think they will act how they want. This isnt little league where the players are looking up to the coach as a role model or guidance counselor. And for people ripping on Schwartz for the hand shake thing is ridiculous. If this happened to any other coach in the league I guarantee you majority of the other coaches would have acted in the same manner. Scenario: you just lost with seconds left, opposing coach jumping around like he won the super bowl, runs up to you slaps your hand like your on his team, strong pat on the back and pushes you out of his way. I think coaches like, Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells, John Gruden, Vince Lombardi, Mike Tomlin and Mike Ditka would have acted in similar fashion, oh and all of these men have won the super bowl.

  46. cleonslamminsalmon says: May 29, 2012 3:22 PM

    At least “surprised” wasn’t one of the adjectives used.

  47. sosuhme says: May 29, 2012 3:48 PM

    A couple of observations/thoughts:

    1. How many of you clamoring for the Lions to discipline these players can actually articulate the terms of the CBA that govern what disciplinary actions teams may take against players, and when they may take it, and what discipline is reserved solely for the league. It is my understanding that the new CBA reserves the great majority of discipline for the league, and restricts what actions may be taken by a team. This is particularly true for substance abuse issues. The point is, if you do not know how the CBA restricts what the Lions may or may not do, then your criticism of them is very uninformed.

    2. Was anyone posting on this site in the room with Schwartz when he addressed the issue with Fairley and the team? If not, then any opinion of what Schwartz did or did not do is very uninformed.

    3. Can anyone criticizing Schwartz and the Lions name a coach and a team facing similar circumstances and articulate how they handled the situation better than what Schwartz and the Lions are doing? If not, then you really have nothing of value to add here.

    4. All comments about the Schwartz/Harbaugh handshake are old, tired, boring, over-used, worn out, not witty, not funny, unclever, predictable, and redundant.

  48. hugejazz says: May 29, 2012 3:55 PM

    No, Lions fans, these guys are not grown men. They are 21-23 year old children wrapped in a man’s body. And now they’ll have money.

    Money + Muscles + Immaturity = Police rundowns.

  49. squared80 says: May 29, 2012 3:58 PM

    In this case, the problem is the undisciplined coach, not the players.

  50. flickaboogie says: May 29, 2012 4:00 PM

    I think that Schwartz should have been in the car with these guys to keep them from getting in trouble. What the heck is he getting paid for anyways?

  51. rkolenda says: May 29, 2012 4:09 PM

    squared80
    Tell me in your expert football opinion how the coach is responsible for Fairly driving drunk in his hometown during the off season. I need to understand this so we can get this back to the coach and let him and other coaches know. Also, please provide your solution to how to handle this situation so the Lions can address this properly, under the guidelines of the CBA.

  52. citynative says: May 29, 2012 4:13 PM

    Does anybody remember what led to the handshake? Earlier in the game cameras picked up Schwartz mocking and yelling at Harbaugh for not knowing the professional rules when the Niners coach tried to challenge an unchallengable play. Karma is hard to swallow.

  53. toddwardou says: May 29, 2012 4:28 PM

    LOL Jim Harbaugh is gonna have a lot of ammo to yell at Schwartz in the postgame handshake in Week 2. Cant wait to see that!

  54. achamarro1 says: May 29, 2012 4:31 PM

    Couple of thngs. The players with legal issues had no impact in 2011. Culbreath IR, fairley bad foot/ankle and leshoure never even touch the field. And Suh wasnt drunk driving he was speeding. And for all you bringing up the handshake, that wasnt the reason he went off it was whatever jim. “mature” harbaugh said to him after that that jim schwarts got all fired up about. Look at the video and get a informed opinion. And for the guy talking about the CBA guidelines i agree and how is a coach supposed to not only supervise a grown man but also punish him when there not even getting paid. They get game checks. And the lions have matt stafford and calvin johnson and titus young and if best can stay healthy he is a beast not to mention the d-line and tulloch who is considered one of tbe best mike linebackers in the game. Go Leos!

  55. mjkelly77 says: May 29, 2012 4:53 PM

    Bearfan54 says:May 29, 2012 12:59 PM

    Start releasing the players who get in multiple altercations and you’ll send a message. Otherwise they won’t learn.
    _______________

    Yeah, I know you that Bears, Packers and 49ers fans would love to pick up some of these Lion players. They’re kids. They’ll make mistakes. But within the next season or two, they’ll have a legitimate shot at a Super Bowl. And I know that’s what all of you realize and are afraid of. So continue with the snide remarks. I know you’re scared. It’s OK.

  56. packersbound says: May 29, 2012 5:15 PM

    Jim doesn’t deserve to be angry because Suh, Young and Fairley are really big lack of discipline and selfish!!! Not worthy to have them in the NFL. The Lions will not be a good season this year! Sorry for CJ!

  57. beefbus says: May 29, 2012 5:40 PM

    Instead of drafting the best player available with character issues, start drafting just the best player available. Looks like my prediction of Paea being a better draft pick is starting to come to fruition. Suspension pending for Mr. Fairley…

  58. vader7176 says: May 29, 2012 11:53 PM

    Took him long enough eh.

  59. 22much4ken says: May 30, 2012 6:00 AM

    Go dye your hair so you look like a skunk instead of just smelling like one – oh wait a minute

  60. 22much4ken says: May 30, 2012 6:24 AM

    Him talking to the media was just a big show just like it was with harbaugh – if he really was pissed after the handshake he would’ve come at him swinging- once again all show no blow

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