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Schwartz more confident than ever in the Lions

Jim Schwartz AP

A 4-12 season in 2012 hasn’t diminished Lions coach Jim Schwartz’s confidence.

In fact, Schwartz says he’s more confident in his team right now than he has been at any time, even more confident now than he was when the Lions were a playoff team in 2011.

“We have tangible reasons to be optimistic,” Schwartz said. “I’m the most confident I’ve been in four years here as the head coach. We’re confident in our players, we’re confident in our system. I like where this team is, and we’re looking forward to having a good training camp.”

A year ago everyone was talking about the Lions’ off-field problems, but Schwartz said he liked the “distraction free” nature of this year, and he thinks that will help his players hit the ground running in camp.

“The players have been able to focus more on football over the last six months, and that’s been beneficial for them,” he said.

That better focus had better translate to a better record. Another 4-12 season would likely be Schwartz’s last season as the Lions’ head coach.

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30 Responses to “Schwartz more confident than ever in the Lions”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 27, 2013 2:17 PM

    5-11. A marked improvement!

  2. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 27, 2013 2:19 PM

    And here comes the hating on the Lions…

  3. strockrocks says: Jul 27, 2013 2:20 PM

    EVERY team looks great right now. Give it another month, then I’ll start paying attention.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 27, 2013 2:21 PM

    When the team is ready to stop accepting excuses then they are ready to stop accepting losses. I hope they mean it for real this time and they are going to come prepared to play competitive ball.

    This is the best team they have had on paper so far and with so many coaches and managers at the end of their leashes makes it the most fascinating Lions season I have ever anticipated. Can’t wait to see the final product.

  5. peopletrains says: Jul 27, 2013 2:25 PM

    I have tangible reasons to think Schwartz is a douche.

  6. leftygun says: Jul 27, 2013 2:25 PM

    Won’t be too hard to improve on last year’s record, but i think Schwartz is gone at the end of the year.

  7. liontuss says: Jul 27, 2013 2:26 PM

    11-5 NFC North Champions.

  8. faulkn22 says: Jul 27, 2013 2:28 PM

    Why shouldn’t they be optimistic? There are a few teams that aren’t because they don’t have a decent QB, but every team in the league with a healthy-good QB should be very confident, because that gives you a shot no matter what.

  9. lks311 says: Jul 27, 2013 2:36 PM

    Because they are the Lions, it’s fair to be suspect. But, on paper the talent is there and on record, the off-season was without major incident.

    History says same old Lions, but the talent says don’t sleep on ‘em.

  10. tigershark49 says: Jul 27, 2013 2:39 PM

    They have a lot of nice pieces.

  11. beerbratscheese says: Jul 27, 2013 2:41 PM

    I believe the Lions are better than their record from last year. However, they will still finish in third or fourth in the division. There’s a lot of talent on all four teams this year.

  12. historyisyourfriend says: Jul 27, 2013 2:51 PM

    Division they are in makes it a bit rough on them, but this roster is the best they have had in some time. I still think they need to score 30+ to win, because that defense isn’t very good. Other than the D-line, the talent level is severely behind what is on the other side of the ball for them.

    I’ll say 10-6 and maybe a wildcard berth….

  13. raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 27, 2013 2:56 PM

    Schwartz has done an excellent job. I think he’s taken that team as far as he can take them though. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the marquee name on Black Friday in January, and in the Rams’ war room by April.

    Lions should have hired Marty Schotenheimer this season and hired Cam Cameron as OC. Marty would have lit a such a fire in those Lions players that They would have made Cunningham and Cameron’s diagrams dance on the field to a 11-5 or 13-3 record. Would have most likely got knocked out of the playoffs though. It would have been exciting for the Motor City though.

  14. tampajoey2 says: Jul 27, 2013 2:56 PM

    Schwartz should thank God Rex Ryan is a coach in the NFL or Schwartz would be the biggest loud mouth idiot coach in the league.

  15. qweststrike2008 says: Jul 27, 2013 2:59 PM

    Playoffs or dude gets fired for sure…

  16. asublimeday says: Jul 27, 2013 3:00 PM

    Being out of a job in 8 months should hurt his confidence a bit.

  17. lingsun54 says: Jul 27, 2013 3:08 PM

    He should be very nervous about the offensive line.

  18. vipod4ever says: Jul 27, 2013 3:09 PM

    no hating on the Lions, the talent is there, but the coach is not.

  19. kabasaman says: Jul 27, 2013 3:12 PM

    The Lions should be good with all the top 5 draft picks on the roster. With that being said: Their in one of the toughest division in football.

  20. purpleguy says: Jul 27, 2013 3:12 PM

    They’ll be better than last year, which obviously isn’t saying much. They’d be even better if they had a legit NFL head coach.

  21. glac1 says: Jul 27, 2013 3:14 PM

    Last year….. the same thing was said and many in the media believed him.

  22. bubbasmithguy says: Jul 27, 2013 3:24 PM

    Is this the same Lions team that went 0-6 in their division last year? Maybe they should win a game within the division first before they set their sights any higher. Yes, the Lions do have talented players but Schwarts is not an NFL caliber coach. Never was, never will be. Just like Dallas (GM), until you make the appropriate changes at the top, the team is going nowhere. A better coach would help this team. Packers, Vikings and Bears look at the Lions as a bye week.

  23. bobhk says: Jul 27, 2013 3:39 PM

    @lionsdraftguy says:
    Jul 27, 2013 2:19 PM
    And here comes the hating on the Lions…
    ———-
    More like disdain. Most moribund franchise in history. At least the seahawks are on the upswing.

  24. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 27, 2013 4:07 PM

    @tampajoey2

    You must be forgetting about Jim Harbaugh.

  25. grogansheroes says: Jul 27, 2013 4:19 PM

    This guy is a major do**he. Not only that, he’s a terrible coach. Next year when the Lions have even a mediocre coach, they will be successful.

  26. donth8thehorns says: Jul 27, 2013 4:31 PM

    Division will play out like this
    Vikings 12-4
    Lions 11-5
    Bears 10-6
    Packers 9-7
    Take it to the bank!

  27. michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 27, 2013 4:44 PM

    Mark my words…2014 Rex Ryan will be the HC in Detroit

  28. swaggyy says: Jul 27, 2013 5:02 PM

    Gym Shorts has no business being an NFL head coach

  29. hatesycophants says: Jul 27, 2013 5:37 PM

    I bet next year’s salary the Vikings don’t get anywhere near 12 – 4… Wait, scratch that. Vikings suck!

    Go Lions!

  30. ajadodger37 says: Jul 27, 2013 6:08 PM

    Can we just close more than one game out this year please? I will be more optomistic when we are over 500.

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