Schwartz chooses not to take the final day of offseason work off

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On the final day of offseason workouts, plenty of teams have mimicked the Man who made this marble on which mankind meanders.

There will be no similar rest for the Lions.

Coach Jim Schwartz opted against substituting the final day of minicamp practice with an outing.

“We had no sporting clays today or no amusement parks or water parks,” Schwartz said Thursday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.  “Work day of minicamp.”

The Lions had a charity fishing tournament earlier in the week, but they scrapped no practices along the way.

“We take a lot of pride in the fact that we play for a blue-collar town and we try to reflect that kind of work ethic, and we have very few opportunities to practice this off-season,” Schwartz said. “Ten OTAs, one minicamp and we talked in the beginning, every one was crucial and couldn’t afford to waste any of them. And that’s our point as a team.”

Schwartz, who has an economics degree from Georgetown, is smart enough to crunch the numbers.  Teams now have more limited opportunities to prepare for the regular season.  So why give up one of the relatively scarce days of practice as the players move toward a five-to-six-week break before the start of training camp?

Maybe Schwartz would have been inclined to give the players a break, if a handful of them hadn’t made all of them look bad with a rash of off-field situations.  Regardless, Schwartz chose to treat his professional football players as professionals, expecting them to work hard before they spend the next month-and-a-half playing hard.

But, hopefully, not too hard.

22 responses to “Schwartz chooses not to take the final day of offseason work off

  1. Schwartz is in a division that includes the Packers and Bears and a Conference that’s produced the last three Super Bowl Champs. He knows they’ve got work to do. Works for me.

  2. I can’t wait until week 1 when the Rams come to Detroit. Lions-63 Rams-6, and I know all the Lions fans out there know that prediction isn’t crazy but will be very accurate to the actual score. I’m eating my cornbread and drinking my Honolulu blue kool-aid, typical offseason for me baby!!

  3. Exactly, why would this guy feel comfortable releasing criminals back into the world for even an extra day?? I like this lions team, and believe they are as talented as any team in the league. Get your heads on straight, and make some positive headlines. NFL is turning soft, and the true hard workers will continue to workout before training camp. That’s what separates the stars from the rest… Stay out of trouble Detroit lions, and we will see this team make a serious run! All hail Megatron…..

  4. Too bad that all the non-Lions fans only know Schwartz for his post-game “interaction” with that chump from SF. He really is a pretty cool cat and a very good NFL head coach.

  5. Schwartz is so full of crap it’s streaming out of his ears. Nice that he included some pandering to the people of Detroit, but in the end one less day of OTA’s isn’t going to impact anything. But of course he has to put on a false front of “getting to business” since his efforts so far has led to a team with little discipline both on and off the field.

  6. Maybe Schwartz would have been inclined to give the players a break, if a handful of them hadn’t made all of them look bad with a rash of off-field situations.
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  7. historicfacepalm says:Jun 14, 2012 11:13 PM

    Schwartz is so full of crap it’s streaming out of his ears … since his efforts so far has led to a team with little discipline both on and off the field.
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    Confucius say “Sour grapes often results in whine”.

  8. The reason they are not taking time off is because you cannot give a loser bunch of criminals any amount of spare time.

  9. noeffinway says:Jun 14, 2012 11:13 PM

    Too bad that all the non-Lions fans only know Schwartz for his post-game “interaction” with that chump from SF. He really is a pretty cool cat and a very good NFL head coach.

    All football fans know how much Schwartz does not have control of the team. He’s an adult punk and is not a very good coach.

  10. “we talked in the beginning, every one was crucial and couldn’t afford to waste any of them”

    “Maybe Schwartz would have been inclined to give the players a break, if a handful of them hadn’t made all of them look bad with a rash of off-field situations”

    You quote him saying specifically that that’s not true, yet you still throw it in there. Move on buddy

  11. I sense a lot of jealousy about our detroit lions right now. Yep, We had 3 players arrested all for possession of marijuana or dui. Not only are most of you not original with your “Jokes” but to say we have a team of criminals is just a little stupid. I don’t mind ripping on another team but at least try and be funny about it.

  12. discosucs2005 says: Jun 15, 2012 7:23 AM

    @noeffinway

    “that chump from SF”

    What was the score of that game again?
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    What’s the score got to do with the SF coach being a chump?

  13. Just what the Lions players need. Guns. They wreak enough havoc by driving.

    And Jim Schwartz is a snotty little turd sitting at the kids’ table trying to get to the big people’s table. And the team is a reflection of the coach. Maybe they’ll make the playoffs every now and then but they won’t have the character and heart to get past one and done.

  14. dont worry “noeffinway” these jokers who listen and follow whatever the media tells them have no mind of their own. We will be laughing at them when the Lions are in the Super Bowl in February. Go Jimmy Schwartz!!

  15. Nothing like a little dose of NFL fan idiocy over morning coffee. A bad coach wouldn’t have been able to take a team from 0-16 to where it is right now. When will people learn that you have to do some legwork before you begin to judge someone? All the haters know is that which ESPN spoonfeeds them.

  16. Some of you commentators are just plain boring..haha prisoners haha lol jailbirds. Weed and the worst i have to agree was drnk driving. But come on. He didnt give tnem tbe day off for the exact reason he stated. If your not from michigan and sont listen to radio interviews and go off of what you read on this BLOG site your just being ignorant by makijg these comments. He has always been appreciative of the “blue collar” fans in michigan. He came up behind bill bellichek(misspelled) in cleveland and jeff fisher in Tennessee he made his way up from a no paying job and is now widely considered one of the top coaches in tbe league. The offseason issues are out of his control. For anyone to blame him for a 20 something year old kids problems is just ignorant. (Word of the day) so keep on with your bashing i am not gonna say lions will win or even make the super bowl but they probly have a better chance than most teams! As a fan that is all i can ask for. Go Leos

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