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Lions’ Tulloch tells Greg Jennings: Worry about your own team

Detroit Lions Stephen Tulloch celebrates in the end zone his touch down against Minnesota Vikings during the first half of their NFL football game in Detroit Reuters

We noted recently that Packers receiver Greg Jennings had questioned whether the Lions would be able to keep their composure. Now one Lions player is questioning why Jennings can’t keep his mouth shut.

Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch took to Twitter on Sunday to take issue with Jennings, who said of the Lions, “They’re a very talented team, but they have struggles on the field containing their composure, and definitely, the things we’ve heard of, them being in the media with off-the-field problems and off-the-field issues. Can they maintain their composure? Can they be a professional ball club for 16, 17, 18 solid weeks throughout the regular season?”

Tulloch’s response:

Jennings does have a basis to talk about the Lions, having seen first hand that the Lions’ inability to keep their composure cost them when the Packers won at Detroit on Thanksgiving. When it comes to maintaining their composure, Jennings has a lot less reason to worry about his own team than Tulloch has to worry about his own team.

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  1. burnzy32 says: Jul 15, 2012 6:30 PM

    not much trash we can talk back until we beat them…….but I like that we won’t back down from the reigning champs, thats the kind of attitude we need…………..come across the middle Gregory!

  2. stlrams39 says: Jul 15, 2012 7:13 PM

    burnzy32 says: Jul 15, 2012 6:30 PM

    not much trash we can talk back until we beat them…….but I like that we won’t back down from the reigning champs, thats the kind of attitude we need…………..come across the middle Gregory!

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    I was not aware the Packers were the reigning champs.

  3. ShimSham says: Jul 15, 2012 7:13 PM

    I wonder if Tulloch is okay with Jim Schwartz mocking the Packers a few weeks ago. That’s an example of someone who should worry about their own team.

  4. bombacim says: Jul 15, 2012 7:13 PM

    Jennings may be able to talk about on the field issues but needs to look at his own locker room when calling out other teams off-field issues.

  5. beedubyatoo says: Jul 15, 2012 7:20 PM

    Why would Jennings or any other WR want to come across the middle when it’s so easy to beat the Lions’ CB’s for a touchdown by running straight downfield?

  6. createatopia says: Jul 15, 2012 7:22 PM

    Reason #52 why the Lions should should be worrying about their own team. Everyone on the squad’s got an attitude and chip on their shoulder!

    The worst part about them (led by Suh) is that they don’t take well to constructive criticism. Even when it’s legit.

    Welcome to the real world, LIONS– it’s called having a job, dudes.

  7. possiblecabbage says: Jul 15, 2012 7:22 PM

    The amusing thing is that Greg Jennings, appearing on NFL Total Access was asked a question about the Lions, and gave almost the same answer that Nate Burleson gave to a similar question about the Lions (Burleson’s team) on NFL Total Access a couple weeks prior, and yet Tulloch gets upset about it whereas nobody on the Packers saw fit to respond to Jim Schwartz’s totally unprompted shot at the Packers during minicamps.

  8. qj1984 says: Jul 15, 2012 7:25 PM

    I don’t really care how right Jennings is about the Lions. There is an unwritten rule that you don’t talk smack about opponents. Just don’t open your mouth. It’s called bulletin board material and he just gave the Lions some.

    It’s hard enough to win in the NFL, why would you give an opponent extra motivation.

  9. timjj says: Jul 15, 2012 7:28 PM

    Just want to point out the obvious here….Jennings was on NFL Network and was asked what each of the NFC North teams biggest concerns were going into the season. Seems to me he was pretty accurate. Lions are a team in disarray because they are not controlled by their coach…who is out of control himself. Look at the facts Tulloch…how many of your guys have been arrested in the offseason, how many of your players were suspended, penalized, fined for stupid plays last year. The Lions have lots of talent, but the important 6 inches between their ears seems to be lacking.

  10. nighttrainwoowoo says: Jul 15, 2012 7:32 PM

    Jennings shouldn’t talk smack about the Lions. It’s like blocking a shot from a 7 year old, yeah it feels fun at the time but you feel bad afterwards. Come on Greg, it’s the lions.

  11. packfaninvikeland says: Jul 15, 2012 7:33 PM

    I agree..Jennings should be worried about the packers turnovers , WR drops, Rodgers mediocre playoff game, and a non existant defense against the giants and how to recover from that rather than some other team that we will continue to dominate for the next 5 years anyways. Packers have a lot of work to do if another SB is on their mind. I dont sip the kool-aid packer fans, neither should you.

  12. pkrjones says: Jul 15, 2012 7:34 PM

    Jennings grew up in Kalamazoo MI, played collegiate ball at Western Michigan and suffered through decades of abysmal Lion’s seasons… maybe he was giving a little constructive criticism from someone who knows how a decent franchise operates? Jennings IS worrying about his own team by being a classy individual, player, and citizen… maybe Tullock should Twitter less and lead more.

  13. imthedudedude says: Jul 15, 2012 7:38 PM

    Oh snap! He took to his twitter account??!! Man this guy is hardcore watch out! Don’t worry, Stephen, Greg will worry about his own team, going to the superbowl followed by a 15-1 season. Yeah he went out early last year but nothings changed with the packers, only got better on defense which is the only aspect of the game people could rag on last year. All I’ve heard of lions this year is arrest this, smokin that, stompin on that guy. Get outta here with callin guys out on twitter, it’s pathetic.

  14. eaststsfb says: Jul 15, 2012 7:39 PM

    Does anyone really think Jennings is “worried” or “concerned” about the Lions. He raised some very good questions about a team that is in disarray and he had an OPINION. Having an opinion is not the same as being worried or concerned. Most educated people recognize the difference.

  15. funktron2x says: Jul 15, 2012 7:48 PM

    The Packers had a player lose his cool and get ejected in that very same game. Regardless, let Jennings worry about that stuff. He’ll be smarter not to when the games come vs. Detroit

  16. zaggs says: Jul 15, 2012 7:55 PM

    “Lions’ inability to keep their composure cost them when the Packers won at Detroit on Thanksgiving.”

    Ah, didn’t know what it was called when you slam someones head into the turf after the whistle. Now I know its called “composure”.

  17. lks311 says: Jul 15, 2012 7:57 PM

    pkrjones says:
    Jul 15, 2012 7:34 PM
    Jennings grew up in Kalamazoo MI, played collegiate ball at Western Michigan and suffered through decades of abysmal Lion’s seasons… maybe he was giving a little constructive criticism from someone who knows how a decent franchise operates? Jennings IS worrying about his own team by being a classy individual, player, and citizen… maybe Tullock should Twitter less and lead more.
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    No guarantee that Jennings was a Lions fan. Anyone that understands the West Michigan culture knows, it’s just as likely he was a Bears’ fan as a Lions’ one. Jennings provided much needed bullet board material. Thank you.

  18. chi01town says: Jul 15, 2012 7:58 PM

    Jennings is giving the Lions too much credit. Detroit hasnt been near a playoff game in 20 years now they show up for a one an done season an everybody is giving them a ticket to the playoffs this season. NOT ME the road to the playoffs this year will have a lot more bumps in it, THIS YEAR everybody will see them coming so Stafford & the Transformer playing jump ball wont work… The race in the north is the same an Greenbay know the rules.. Its Chicago’s turn an the Bears are going to WIN the north

  19. sgunderson17 says: Jul 15, 2012 8:05 PM

    How dare you state the obvious Greg. Worry about your own team that happened to go 15-1 last year and has had no off-field issues this year. Geezzee.

  20. pterodonktyl says: Jul 15, 2012 8:08 PM

    New Year’s Day 2012: The day the Lions couldn’t take the Green Bay JV squad.

  21. rmc1995 says: Jul 15, 2012 8:21 PM

    Not only did the Pack have a guy throw a punch during the Thanksgiving game, Woodson threw a punch at a Saints player. Jennings has two first hand accounts of his own team losing composure…one more than Lions.

  22. kidpresentable says: Jul 15, 2012 8:29 PM

    I liked Tom Crabtree’s tweet in response to Tulloch’s: “who r u to talk about Greg talking about you?”

  23. hyzers says: Jul 15, 2012 8:45 PM

    New Years Day 2012: the day Packers fans like to call playing with more starters than the Lions, “the day the Lions lost to the Packers JV team”

  24. 49erstim says: Jul 15, 2012 9:00 PM

    @pterodonktyl… lol dude!

    Greg Jennings = correct
    Stephen Tulloch =who?

    For those mentioning the Packs “troubles”, please keep in mind that they played one bad game and the Giants made them PAY. Their issues were on field…..now onto Detroit. How many of them are allowed to get arrested before people are allowed to talk about it? Can anybody tell me who the voice of reason in that organization is? Nobody is coming to mind. Grow up Tulloch. You know what…grow up Lions.

  25. Soulman45 says: Jul 15, 2012 9:02 PM

    It must be getting close to training camp opening up the talk have started we can’t wait till the first game their will be a winner that come out the North lets wait and see. (a piece maker)

  26. schmokes says: Jul 15, 2012 9:08 PM

    rmc1995 says:
    Jul 15, 2012 8:21 PM
    Not only did the Pack have a guy throw a punch during the Thanksgiving game, Woodson threw a punch at a Saints player. Jennings has two first hand accounts of his own team losing composure…one more than Lions.

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    Right, because the Suh stomping incident was the only time someone on the lions lost their composure last year…cough head coach cough cough 49ers game cough cough..

  27. mikejd12 says: Jul 15, 2012 9:20 PM

    Ok Greg Jennings was a guest speaker I. Nfl network and they asked him, what the concerns for the lions were. He answered. What else was he suppose to say…..come on man!!!

  28. bootsers says: Jul 15, 2012 9:21 PM

    Lets see Jennings was on NFLN and was ASKED what does the Lions team need to do to take it to the next level. He was asked this about all the NFC north teams including his own. Boy the media does a great job of making stories out of nothing in the off season. Seems like one Lion player took the bait and over reacted. Of course they are known for that.

  29. mjkelly77 says: Jul 15, 2012 9:35 PM

    stlrams39 says:Jul 15, 2012 7:13 PM

    burnzy32 says: Jul 15, 2012 6:30 PM

    not much trash we can talk back until we beat them…….but I like that we won’t back down from the reigning champs, thats the kind of attitude we need…………..come across the middle Gregory!

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    I was not aware the Packers were the reigning champs.
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    Uhh, yeah, they were the NFC North Divisional Champs. Maybe they don’t feel deserving because of all of their bush league cheating like untying opponents’ shoelaces in scrums.

  30. jhtobias says: Jul 15, 2012 9:51 PM

    And in other news it has been reported that lions fans blame the officiating for losing this tweeting episode. Doesn’t Detroit play indoors ? Why would Jennings be asked a question about an arena football league team anyway ?

    I think the Lions should concentrate on their upcoming Arean football league games against the saints and rams in the upcoming weeks.

  31. hatesycophants says: Jul 15, 2012 9:52 PM

    Someone should ask him if thinks AJ Hawk is a bust.

  32. mjkelly77 says: Jul 15, 2012 10:02 PM

    hyzers says:Jul 15, 2012 8:45 PM

    New Years Day 2012: the day Packers fans like to call playing with more starters than the Lions, “the day the Lions lost to the Packers JV team”
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    I guess you mean when the Lions played almost half the game without Suh and were so undermanned due to injuries on the DB position that a wide receiver played cornerback? Yeah, the packers are tough under those circumstances.

  33. justwaittilnextyear says: Jul 15, 2012 10:33 PM

    I am a huge Lions fan and until we beat them in Green Bay we can’t talk smack! Period!

  34. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Jul 15, 2012 10:35 PM

    qj1984 says: Jul 15, 2012 7:25 PM

    I don’t really care how right Jennings is about the Lions. There is an unwritten rule that you don’t talk smack about opponents. Just don’t open your mouth. It’s called bulletin board material and he just gave the Lions some.

    It’s hard enough to win in the NFL, why would you give an opponent extra motivation.
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    Because the Packers do not need to worry about the Lions as they will trounce them easily this year no matter what(twice again even without Rodgers). It is called more talent, composure, and better coaching.

  35. huskerguy says: Jul 15, 2012 10:39 PM

    Uh… The Pack won the Super Bowl with like 14 people on IR and a bunch of castoffs…

    Next excuse.

  36. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jul 15, 2012 10:42 PM

    to which the packers said: ” we already knew we were in your head”. it will be interesting to see how a team with historic futility will handle a little success. their fans are another story- from what i’ve seen, they already think they deserve to be in the superbowl.

  37. funktron2x says: Jul 15, 2012 10:47 PM

    Lawl. Everyone is talking about the Lions’ arrests, especially Packers fans. What is absurd is playing that out to the rest of the team like it means a damn thing, lol.

  38. demanrighthere says: Jul 15, 2012 10:48 PM

    I really love how everyone refers to the suh stomp like he mangled that guy! I wish I could find the video of the plays preceding the “stomp” ! Numerous plays before that the center and gaurd bear hug suh, one from the front and one from the back… But that’s not holding… The play right before the”stomp” suh makes it through the line and is close to getting to Rogers when Kuhn dives and puts a helmet the suhs knee upending him! Then the play itself suh is held constantly to the ground until he loses his cool! The only reason I know of this is because the local news had the lions beat writer Tim twentyman on and was breaking down the plays leading up to why he lost his cool… They didn’t say it was justified and I don’t think what he did was right, but eventually if they game isn’t going to be called the same both ways then someone will retaliate

  39. kennyrogerschicken says: Jul 15, 2012 11:00 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    Jul 15, 2012 10:02 PM
    hyzers says:Jul 15, 2012 8:45 PM

    New Years Day 2012: the day Packers fans like to call playing with more starters than the Lions, “the day the Lions lost to the Packers JV team”
    ______________

    I guess you mean when the Lions played almost half the game without Suh and were so undermanned due to injuries on the DB position that a wide receiver played cornerback? Yeah, the packers are tough under those circumstances.

     ——————————————-

    Wow, a Lions fan giving excuses for a loss. Shocking. Maybe once the Lions win something meaningful their fans will understand how to win and lose with class.

    Or not. It is Detroit.

  40. jimmylions says: Jul 15, 2012 11:01 PM

    I’d prefer Tulloch showed the discipline to avoid the Twitter outburst. This is part of the maturity issue we need to see from the Lions. Talk to teammates, use it for motivation, but never let anyone see you sweat.

    I do find it interesting that the only thing PFT chose to highlight was what Jennings said about the Lions.

    Jennings also said the Packers have a lousy running game and that Rodgers can’t take the pounding of QB who has no one to carry the ball.

    Likewise he had comments about the Bears and the Vikings.

    For some odd reason the blistering criticism of his own team, and his criticism of the other NFC North teams, weren’t worth mentioning.

  41. tejano2k says: Jul 15, 2012 11:02 PM

    Tulloch needs to show up to camp (injured?…sure) before he spouts off at ALL-PRO, SB winner and all-around great guy, Greg Jennings or, anyone else for that matter. Jennings has more class in his sweaty socks (didn’t want to go THERE) than the entire Lions organization has. As for the lame excuses about the Lions being so injured last year vs the Pack…It’s the NFL. Players get hurt and then they GET OVER IT. Go Pack!

  42. mjkelly77 says: Jul 15, 2012 11:19 PM

    huskerguy says:Jul 15, 2012 10:39 PM

    Uh… The Pack won the Super Bowl with like 14 people on IR and a bunch of castoffs…

    Next excuse.
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    Yet they couldn’t do it with everyone back.

  43. congas1 says: Jul 15, 2012 11:21 PM

    the amazing thing about all this is the lions are the only team with off field issues this off season
    wow i wish i had nothing else to complain about
    settle it the ring oh you did’nt know?

  44. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 16, 2012 12:42 AM

    He was asked about the Lions.

    No one asked Tulloch about the Packers.

    That’s the major difference, I mean besides the Packers being really good and the Lions being the joke of the NFL since forever.

  45. billh1947 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:02 AM

    Jeez,Jennings was asked a question and answered it truthfully, the current reputation they now have earned with all the personal fouls and arrests of Lion players will not go away until they show on the field and off that they can play good football without all the PFP,and that goes for the coach who must show he can deliver a handshake rather than a fist to the opposing coaches in the NFL. If you want a nice reputation you must first earn it and the Lions certainly have not as yet.

  46. neemdaddy13 says: Jul 16, 2012 8:36 AM

    Jennings was on NFL total access. He answered questions about every team in the NFC North. Good players get to go on the show and share their opionions. Sorry Steven, that means you won’t ever be on the show. And your reaction to his comments is exactly what he was referring to, the Lions are a team full of mental midgets, from the coach on down. I will however exclude Mr. Megatron from the list as all he does is ball, you never hear these comments from him.

  47. timdtl says: Jul 16, 2012 9:52 AM

    Haha. Good comeback. Your team is immature and dirty players. He said what everyone else is thinking.

  48. jmacphee9 says: Jul 16, 2012 3:33 PM

    as a lions fan im perfectly fine with what jennings said. tulloch should of agreed with him if anything, the lions earned this press they are getting this off season by being stupid. if anything it was a shot of truth mixed in with a small compliment by jennings. everything he said had merit, the lions are talented=check, they had on the field composure issues last season = check, they showed immaturity off the field = check. can they be professional for 19 weeks? who knows.

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