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Schwartz likes the Lions’ restraint when practice scuffle breaks out

Jim Schwartz AP

Last season, the Lions didn’t show enough restraint when scuffles broke out on the field during games. So coach Jim Schwartz saw something positive in a brief skirmish at practice on Thursday.

Lions center Dominic Raiola took a swing at rookie linebacker Tahir Whitehead during practice, but Whitehead didn’t swing back at Raiola, and that’s what Schwartz was glad to see.

“There’s a lot of things that happen in training-camp practices,” Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press. “I think that player showed some restraint. I think that that’s a good step, particularly a rookie like Tahir — to be able to show restraint and keep focus even when guys were competing. The biggest thing is not letting those things get ahold of you, and I thought that Tahir did a very good job in that situation.”

Raiola, a team captain, said last year that the Lions were undisciplined. It’s not a great sign that a rookie like Whitehead is the one who has to walk away from a team captain taking a swing at him, but Schwartz will take any sign of maturity the Lions can get.

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17 Responses to “Schwartz likes the Lions’ restraint when practice scuffle breaks out”
  1. irishgary says: Aug 10, 2012 7:59 AM

    Schwartz is the NFC version of Rex Ryan, what a clown and a loser.

  2. 989lions says: Aug 10, 2012 8:26 AM

    you always have to throw a little jab at the lions in your wrap up paragraph don’t you? it’s a training camp scuffle, the lions have had them along with every other team in camp. Did you watch hardknocks with m pouncey saying he’d fight that guy after they were shoving each other around? i know you did but there wasnt an entire article dedicated to the dolphins and them being undisciplined

  3. sgtdiver says: Aug 10, 2012 8:40 AM

    how is he in any way like rex Ryan? Do you even watch football? I’m not sure why there is such a dislike for Schwartz. probably safe to blame it on pft

  4. uwsptke says: Aug 10, 2012 8:55 AM

    “Schwartz likes the Lions’ restraint when practice scuffle breaks out.”

    Probably because the rookie didn’t know who might be packing heat. You never want something like that to escalate into gunplay.

  5. quiksilverguy619 says: Aug 10, 2012 8:58 AM

    yeah what’s up with that? every other team has training camp issues…where’s the beef dude?

  6. michiganhockey11 says: Aug 10, 2012 9:29 AM

    Yeah, the Schwarts is so similar to Rex Ryan…..sure.

    I’ve been saying they need to replace the midget at center for years…and they still have not.

  7. schmitty2 says: Aug 10, 2012 9:42 AM

    Way to go Schwartz. Put a positive spin on the fact your team CAPTIAN took a swing on the ROOKIE

  8. michiganhockey11 says: Aug 10, 2012 9:52 AM

    Hey, at least Raiola didn’t tell him to take his gun home and go back to being broke and miserable, right?

  9. noeffinway says: Aug 10, 2012 9:57 AM

    He did not swing a punch at him. He simply slapped him upside the helmet to get his attention……..but they spin it how they want here.

  10. noeffinway says: Aug 10, 2012 9:59 AM

    Bottom line is that Schwartz and the Lions will not give the media the info they are looking for all the time so the media retaliates with this nonsense.

  11. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 10, 2012 10:01 AM

    irishgary you are complete clown.
    i’m assuming that the colts are your team so good luck with this season.
    can’t wait for michigan state to school notre dame this year like they always do.

  12. mt99808 says: Aug 10, 2012 10:12 AM

    Raiola probably getting tired of getting pushed 5 yards into the backfield play after play by a rookie. Same old story with this clown.

  13. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 10, 2012 10:49 AM

    noeffinway says: Aug 10, 2012 9:57 AM

    He did not swing a punch at him. He simply slapped him upside the helmet to get his attention……..but they spin it how they want here.
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    In training camp, fights have been started over less.

  14. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 10, 2012 10:53 AM

    noeffinway says: Aug 10, 2012 9:57 AM

    He did not swing a punch at him. He simply slapped him upside the helmet to get his attention……..but they spin it how they want here.
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    Read the article:

    “As he returned to the huddle, Raiola swung and appeared to strike linebacker Tahir Whitehead in the helmet.

    Whitehead did not react instantly, but the two exchanged words a few plays later. When Raiola and rookie defensive tackle Tracy Robertson traded shoves after the next snap, ”

    This is still not the best actions of a veteran.

  15. ufullpj says: Aug 10, 2012 11:11 AM

    The Lions are one of the NFL’s iconic franchises, have a scary amount of young talent, and great fans. Unfortunately, they’ve got a loose cannon for a head coach. Sorry, Lions fans, but I really believe that if they had a different head coach, they’d be in better shape. But man, what a scary collection of young, improving talent.

  16. deepfreezerob says: Aug 10, 2012 11:45 AM

    Can Reiff play Center…?

  17. covercorner says: Aug 10, 2012 3:42 PM

    Like the restraint Schwartz showed in his fight with Harbaugh.

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