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Jim Schwartz: Lions “played poorly in all three phases”

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Lions coach Jim Schwartz was not happy with any aspect of the way his team played in Thursday’s loss to the Browns.

“We played poorly in all three phases,” Schwartz said at his press conference. “We played poorly on offense. Dropped balls, didn’t execute, didn’t move the ball, didn’t have any explosive plays, didn’t score any touchdowns. Defensively we made some critical errors, we didn’t tackle well, we had some key penalties. And then special teams we got lucky, we allowed a kick for a touchdown that got called back by a holding penalty. We didn’t punt the ball well. We didn’t kick the ball especially well. We were poor in all three phases.”

Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

Schwartz noted that the Lions gave their best player, Calvin Johnson, the night off to rest a bruised knee, and that the rest of the offensive skill position players should have seen that as an opportunity to step up. Schwartz saw no sign of that.

“It was very disappointing to see the way we played without Calvin, because there were opportunities for other guys to make plays,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz also said defensive players were taking bad angles, missing tackles and allowing the Browns to run effectively even against eight-man fronts.

“We needed to see improvement from the last game to this game, and we didn’t see that,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz now has to hope the improvement comes before next Thursday’s game against the Patriots, which will be the last preseason game for many of the team’s starters. The Lions have a lot of work to do.

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71 Responses to “Jim Schwartz: Lions “played poorly in all three phases””
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 16, 2013 4:04 PM

    On the positive side, at least the head coach didn’t start a fight with the opposing coach.

  2. jlmd17 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:06 PM

    Coaches, management, owners did poorly as always since the 1950′s….but hey at least the city isn’t a bankrupt cesspool. Oh.

  3. gurnblanstonreturns says: Aug 16, 2013 4:08 PM

    How does this guy still have a job? A fish rots from the head, and Schwartz smells like a week-old dead trout laying on the bank of a fetid pond.

  4. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:09 PM

    Somewhere lionsdraftguy is awaking from his cheese-induced slumber as he was living in a van down by the river only to be heard blaming the ongoing ineptitude of the ONLY NFL FRANCHISE to lose money last year…….vulgarly yelling out his van from his tidy-whity clad torso “Blast you Jim Harbaugh!!!! Blast you!!!!”

    Keep on truckin’ @lionsdraftguy

  5. skinsaphrenic says: Aug 16, 2013 4:09 PM

    Was he looking at game film from the preseason game or last year’s highlights?

  6. bennyb82 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:10 PM

    Good thing the game didn’t count…

  7. skolvikesskol says: Aug 16, 2013 4:15 PM

    Dead man walking

  8. tjacks7 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:16 PM

    Well, they performed poorly in four phases if you count coaches.

  9. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 16, 2013 4:17 PM

    Bring on the insulting comments about Schwartz from all the insanely hateful people who frequent PFT to troll on the Lions.
    Just don’t be surprised when he out coaches your coach and the Lions beat your team this season. Then we’ll talk again.

  10. spinmasta says: Aug 16, 2013 4:20 PM

    Lions “played poorly in all three phases”

    Or in other words all is right in the Universe.

  11. mwatts1 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:23 PM

    Where are all the Lions fans that troll on Green Bay stories? Where are all you guys? LOL!

  12. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 16, 2013 4:25 PM

    This is what everyone has come to expect.

  13. ohiogator says: Aug 16, 2013 4:26 PM

    Give the browns credit. They outplayed em.

  14. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 16, 2013 4:27 PM

    Bernie didn’t even have to say it..thanks Jim!

  15. mattjay0101 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:28 PM

    I agree with Coach Schwartz on this one!!! This team is heartless and week.

    Go Browns

  16. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 16, 2013 4:28 PM

    I love you idiots who comment about Detroit being a cesspool as if that has any bearing on the outcome of any NFL game.
    It’s called an ad hominem attack and it occurs when someone doesn’t have anything of value to say about the subject so they resort to personal attacks. It’s the kind of thing small children do a lot.
    None of us live in Detroit by the way.

  17. citiciti says: Aug 16, 2013 4:30 PM

    Memo to Lions
    You guys stunk the place up!
    Bernie Kosar.

  18. mickmoney says: Aug 16, 2013 4:31 PM

    Par for the course

  19. mattjay0101 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:32 PM

    @mwatts1 says:Where are all the Lions fans that troll on Green Bay stories? Where are all you guys? LOL!

    We’re at your Mom’s “look, no hands seminar”

    Go Browns

  20. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 16, 2013 4:38 PM

    schwartz coaches badly in any phase! this guy just annoys i remember when the whole harbaugh fight seeing go run towards harbaugh like wat the f are u going to do anyway?? hahaha GO NINERS!!!

  21. laffers says: Aug 16, 2013 4:39 PM

    This is probably his last season anyway!

  22. n0hopeleft says: Aug 16, 2013 4:47 PM

    Its a shame because the people of Detroit deserve a better product on the field.

    Said no one EVER.

  23. MTLighthouse69 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:51 PM

    When ever I read the name”Jim Schwartz”, I think of gym shorts. Why is that?

  24. voiceofrealism says: Aug 16, 2013 4:55 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 16, 2013 4:17 PM

    Bring on the insulting comments about Schwartz from all the insanely hateful people who frequent PFT to troll on the Lions.
    Just don’t be surprised when he out coaches your coach and the Lions beat your team this season. Then we’ll talk again.
    ———————————————–
    otherwise known as anyone who knows anything about football.

    so you don’t plan on talking again i guess.

  25. rockbottom37 says: Aug 16, 2013 4:58 PM

    I see how browns fans are so excited over a preseason win and act like their franchise just won superbowl last year…really they have.suffered as long as Lions fans have any by the way yes Brandon weeden had a good game against most of our backup secondasince. Half.of.it was ruled out before the game …these preseason gms have no meaning to them…I don’t care if a team wins 75- 0…these gms only really good to get the feet wet for rookies! Would love too see the league go to 2 preseason gms

  26. Florio_Jr. says: Aug 16, 2013 5:06 PM

    Hey Jim, your parents should be ashamed of your coaching job last night.
    Best regards,
    Bernie Kosar

  27. rockbottom37 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:08 PM

    Great Example: 2008 Lions: 4-0 preseason, 0-16 season!

  28. lks311 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:09 PM

    Four. Coaching.

  29. arsenic510 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:10 PM

    Schwartz is a fool. 6-10 at best this year. Lions have tremendous talent and upside but won’t ever accomplish anything with this joker at the helm.

  30. fwippel says: Aug 16, 2013 5:12 PM

    After last year’s poor performance (4-12), and zero division wins, Schwartz can’t afford a repeat in 2013.

    This team has too much talent to post another sub .500 season. They seem to have as much talent as Chicago or Minnesota, but the results just haven’t been there.

    If Schwartz can’t get this team back to at least even this year, he’s probably finished in Detroit. It’s a shame for a long suffering franchise that remains the only NFC team that has never played in Super Bowl.

  31. visible4 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:12 PM

    Please fire this guy. he is a LB coach at best. His success in Tennessee had more to do with Fisher and the talent in place.

  32. purpleguy says: Aug 16, 2013 5:19 PM

    Looks like they were pretty good at getting 15 yard penalties.

  33. metrocritical says: Aug 16, 2013 5:32 PM

    The team is ahead of schedule. We are already in mid season form.

  34. 91devinhester23 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:35 PM

    the detroit way

  35. Patriot42 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:45 PM

    Most coaches are over rated when hired.

  36. swaggyy says: Aug 16, 2013 6:00 PM

    Lions football. Just fire yourself gym shorts

  37. mwatts1 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:01 PM

    @mwatts1 says:Where are all the Lions fans that troll on Green Bay stories? Where are all you guys? LOL!

    We’re at your Mom’s “look, no hands seminar”

    Go Browns

    ———-

    Uhhh okay? Go Browns?

  38. blackdonnelly says: Aug 16, 2013 6:09 PM

    I was mildly impressed with Cleveland’s performance last night. Nice to see the Lions in normal form (LOL)

    This should bode well for the Browns and their fans – hoping they have a good run this year. Lord knows they really need it……

  39. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:19 PM

    Well it the same old lions… Hey browns fans…if you didn’t know you looked good cuz you played the lions,play a real team you will loose like always

  40. murraysons says: Aug 16, 2013 6:22 PM

    Welcome to Jim Schwartz’s last season.

  41. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 16, 2013 6:31 PM

    Told ya they peaked two years ago.

  42. wryly1 says: Aug 16, 2013 6:32 PM

    Lets talk football instead of trash talking about cities and coaches and fans. No, preseason games don’t count, but what we saw on the field is that Cleveland is really, really fast and athletic – way more so the Lions. That’ll be true in the regular season, too.

  43. jimmylions says: Aug 16, 2013 6:46 PM

    It’s pretty hilarious how any mention of Jim Schwartz or Ndamukong Suh brings out the same people who love to talk trash, yet sound like they don’t follow football.

    What did Schwartz really say? We had a bunch of starters sit out, including most of the secondary. The backups who played had an opportunity to show their stuff. Unfortunately, they showed their lack of stuff, especially in the defensive secondary.

    The only real concerns I have based on the first two preseason games are: the secondary (starters are injury prone and backups aren’t playing well); Brandon Pettigrew, who seems to have forgotten how to catch a pass (and is becoming a liability, not an assett); and, the special teams coverage which can and should be much better than last year.

    This is all stuff that’s fixable. I’m still confident that we’ll be winning games this year. And I like that we’re resting players who have minor injuries.

  44. hendeeze says: Aug 16, 2013 7:15 PM

    This is for Lionsdraftguy

    Just remember, your team has NEVER been the same since Jim Harbaugh and Co defeated your 2011 5-0 team. It’s been downhill since for you since. Enjoy your season.

  45. browns627 says: Aug 16, 2013 7:41 PM

    good thing about the browns….they’re not the rams or lions ;-)

  46. browns627 says: Aug 16, 2013 7:46 PM

    Florio_Jr. says:
    Hey Jim, your parents should be ashamed of your coaching job last night.
    Best regards,
    Bernie Kosar

    thanks for that….. good stuff!!!

  47. joec14 says: Aug 16, 2013 7:51 PM

    New season same old Lions. I can’t believe people continue to watch this garbage! I’ve been a Lions fan my whole life but I’m sick of this poor play and lack of discipline. It all starts with the head coach and apparently our front office has no desire to put in the time to find a good one. We need someone to come in here and take control of this franchise. Looking good on paper dose not translate to wins. I hate to start over with another coaching change but I’m seriously considering following other teams. This is garbage and it doesn’t look like its changed at all from last season. Fix the problems we have, lack of discipline and a weak secondary.

  48. bordner says: Aug 16, 2013 8:25 PM

    johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Aug 16, 2013 4:17 PM

    Bring on the insulting comments about Schwartz from all the insanely hateful people who frequent PFT to troll on the Lions.
    —————————————
    You actually think that people “frequent PFT to troll on the Lions”? Lions fans barely care that much about the Lions, let alone fans of other teams. The Lions aren’t relevant enough to troll.

  49. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 16, 2013 8:44 PM

    voiceofrealism says:
    Aug 16, 2013 4:55 PM
    johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 16, 2013 4:17 PM

    Bring on the insulting comments about Schwartz from all the insanely hateful people who frequent PFT to troll on the Lions.
    Just don’t be surprised when he out coaches your coach and the Lions beat your team this season. Then we’ll talk again.
    ———————————————–
    otherwise known as anyone who knows anything about football.

    so you don’t plan on talking again i guess.

    No I plan on talking plenty tough guy. Have a great night.

  50. thefiesty1 says: Aug 16, 2013 8:49 PM

    They played like normal, huh?

  51. harrycanyon says: Aug 16, 2013 8:57 PM

    Jim has taken them as far as he can. It’s time for a new regime. The team has a loads of talent, and needs a coach to match it. Would be a shame to waste the opportunity by not making a change (not now, should have happened after the season, no in season coaching changes ever work.) Schawarz did a decent job bringing the team out of the gutter , and should be commended for that, but he doesn’t have what it takes to take to the next level. He seems like he would be a better coordinator, than head coach.

  52. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 16, 2013 9:12 PM

    Also he needs to admit that Stafford has looked awful in 2 preseason showings so far. Just something to keep in mind.

  53. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 16, 2013 9:20 PM

    bordner says:
    Aug 16, 2013 8:25 PM
    johnelwayishorsefaced says:
    Aug 16, 2013 4:17 PM

    Bring on the insulting comments about Schwartz from all the insanely hateful people who frequent PFT to troll on the Lions.
    —————————————
    You actually think that people “frequent PFT to troll on the Lions”? Lions fans barely care that much about the Lions, let alone fans of other teams. The Lions aren’t relevant enough to troll

    Do you see any irony at all in the fact that you’re calling the Lions irrelevant while taking the time out of your day to comment about them?

  54. annes22 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:24 PM

    I thought Reggie was going to save the day, what happened?

  55. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 16, 2013 9:28 PM

    One phase the Lions didn’t play poorly in is the Ndamukong Suh pursue-the-ball-and-arrive-in-an-angry-mood phase.

    Man, that guy is epic to watch.

  56. ahs2 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:43 PM

    As a Lions fan, this is beyon frustrating….so much talent just wasted.

  57. mrfrostyj says: Aug 16, 2013 10:03 PM

    Anyone who thinks the pre season doesn’t count just doesn’t know what they are supposed to be looking at.

    People like to bring up the 08 lions 4-0 pre season record.

    If you actually paid attention you’d realize that at this point in the pre season the Lions in 08 were 2-0 but most importantly the Lions starters had scored all of 0 points and would go on to score 0 more points for the rest of the pre season which obviously continued into the season (most points during that years preseason were special teams or 3rd stringers outscoring other teams 3rd stringers)

    Now in comparison the current 2-0 Cleveland Browns STARTING offense has scored 21 points with their starting quarterback having the highest QB rating out of any QB with 20 or more attempts (that includes backups).

    I’m not saying the Cleveland Browns are superbowl bound but if Brandon Weeden stays healthy that team is probably a wildcard playoff sleeper as no other QB playing against other starters are coming close to those type of numbers, It’s not even a competition at this point.

    In other words like the 49ers and Raven before them (who went from worst to first after coaching changes), the Browns might have just needed a competent coaching staff. So they have a lot to be happy about in Cleveland and why not. The factory of Sadness now even has “Energy” in it’s new name.

  58. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 16, 2013 10:39 PM

    I think the Browns are going to have a lot of coaches saying things like this after playing them. They’re better than people think.

  59. hornyak2012 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:02 PM

    That would be all FOUR aspects of the game Jimbo… Offense, defense, special teams….. And coaching!!!

  60. vgferenzi says: Aug 16, 2013 11:49 PM

    The only time all year people from Cleveland can say our team, coach, and city are better than yours!

  61. fcs34 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:24 AM

    Not sure what he is upset about. The Lions appeared to be in mid season form.

  62. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Aug 17, 2013 1:25 AM

    Per usual…

  63. jimmylions says: Aug 17, 2013 1:31 AM

    hendeeze — you are correct. When Javid Best’s career ended during that Niners game, it impacted the Lions dramatically. If Javid Best stays healthy and finishes that game … the Niners lose to Detroit and its not even close. Unfortunately the Lions have not been the same without him. It’s terribly sad that Best’s career is over, because he was so much fun to watch.

    But that’s why Reggie Bush is now a Lion. Bush doesn’t have Best’s amazing quickness and blazing speed (he made defenses look like fools), but Reggie’s showing that he’s still got moves.

    And back to the subject of the defensive backfield … after reading Tim Twentyman’s analysis I’m convinced that’s a talent issue. Fortunately Mayhew is actively working on it.

  64. GenXJay says: Aug 17, 2013 2:57 AM

    maybe…just maybe, the lions need to draft a wide out.

  65. ahs2 says: Aug 17, 2013 3:31 AM

    It’s criminal to be 3rd in total offense but 17th in points, 13th in total defense but 27th in points allowed and his record of 22-42 with so much roster talent…I hope this is Schwartz’ last chance; playoffs or one-way ticket to the city of Outtahere

  66. jiggles423 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:09 AM

    I saw some things from the Lions I liked and disliked. I must say seeing Suh hunt Richardson down field was one of the things I liked.

  67. hermanthunderfootweaver says: Aug 17, 2013 8:47 AM

    It’s gonna be another VERY long season for the Lions. Sad, but true.

  68. couldziggybetheansah says: Aug 17, 2013 9:28 AM

    This is a results driven league and Schwartz and his staff just are’t getting it done. Yes it’s only the preseason I get it, but fast forward to the regular season … I can hear those same comments from him … and that’s the frustrating part of being a Lions fan.
    It’s hard to be optimistic about the regular season when we see them play like they have the first 2 preseason games .
    Let’s hope they get off to a fast start in September and play well enough to get into the playoffs this year.
    If they don’t … say goodbye Schwartzy.

  69. securb2013 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:41 AM

    Detroit still has a football team?

  70. mlgowingsmerickson88 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:17 AM

    Well…it’s official…Jim Schwartz is in over his head ! This team has talent and when a team plays that poorly in a pre-season game with lack of discipline, poor tackling, missing assignments, and lack of overall interest falls on the coaching staff. Schwartz should of been fired after last seasons debacle but yet kept his job to give us Lions faithful fans another losing season ! That was terrible and it reflects on the coaching staff and this is what we’re going to get another season of ? No, thanks ! This is your last hurrah Schwartz !

  71. fido1949 says: Aug 19, 2013 2:07 PM

    I have said this several times today already, but I can say it once more; quit drowning in the Lion Kool-Aid! Yes, these are pre-season games, but the idea of pre-season games is to prepare your team to compete by stressing fundamentals……making blocks and making tackles. The Lions do neither well. This is a coaching problem more than a personnel problem. Until Detroit gets a coaching staff that can stress and teach the fundamental aspects of football we are going to be continually frustrated as fans.

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