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Schwartz says signings not a sign of panic

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Lions coach Jim Schwartz wasn’t happy with his team’s performance “in all three phases” against the Browns.  The Lions have since signed three veteran defensive players:  Justin Bannan, Rocky McIntosh, Rashean Mathis.  But Schwartz says the new arrivals shouldn’t be viewed as a sign of desperation.

“The only message is we are going to keep on trying to add good football players,” Schwartz said, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.  “It wasn’t a reaction to anyone’s play or anything else.  It was more just the opportunity to get those guys.  We are happy to have all of them.”

Mathis, a long-time presence at corner in Jacksonville, spent time at safety on Saturday.  Schwartz said Mathis also will play cornerback for the Lions.

McIntosh, a veteran who played for the Redskins and last year with the Rams, was talking a little smack on the way through the door.

“I haven’t lost against you guys, so that’s good,” McIntosh said.

Actually, McIntosh has lost against the Lions more times than he’s won.  His teams have a 2-3 mark versus the Lions, with three consecutive defeats dating back to Week Three of the 2009 season, when the Redskins became the answer to an unwanted trivia question:  Who is the team the Lions somehow managed to beat after losing 19 straight regular-season games?

With the Lions trying to reverse a 9-19 trend that began after they started 5-0 in 2011, they’ll need McIntosh’s performance to be a lot better than his memory.

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29 Responses to “Schwartz says signings not a sign of panic”
  1. teal379 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:52 PM

    I’ve often wondered why people who admit that they’ve made some mistakes in evaluating talent in the draft also believe that their talent evaluation of FAs is going to be so much better.

    If you can’t find guys who get it done on one side of the ledger, what makes you think you’ll do it on the other?

    Sooner or later the Lions’ FO will need to determine if the issue is in the coaching/scouting and not so much the players.

    Schwartz sounds like th Baghdad Bob of the Lions at this point.

  2. dino2997 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:53 PM

    So the Lions are signing defensive players that aren’t very bright yet talk smack. Sounds like they’ll fit in perfectly!

  3. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    Yeah, those signing should really turn things around…

  4. raiderinvader says: Aug 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    Ted Nugent is not pleased !

  5. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    In other news… Kellen Clemens went 2 for 11 for 27 yards with 2 interceptions for a QB rating of 0.0 last night. Surprised the truth didn’t hit the headlines.

  6. daknight93 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    who are these guys? bums off the street, geez..I thought Reggie “All Hype” Bush was the answer in one of those phases… well, it’s gonna be another long season for the lions again, nothing new here.

  7. malekmj says: Aug 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    Martin Mayhew is a HORRIBLE GM and drafter. he lucked into 3 Great talents that even Millen couldn’t have passed up in the TOP 2. CJ, Suh, and Stafford. And all of them make as much or more than they should. Think about this. There is not ONE player on the entire team that outplays they contract even a little. Maybe Fairley will this year. But he was a Top10 talent to so you don’t get much credit for that.
    Please name one player that Mayhew has drafted or signed that outplays their contract. Bush may be the first this year. Too little. Too late. Five off seasons and not ONE Number 2 WR and a horrible Oline to put around the best armed qb and most talented WR ever. pathetic

  8. truehoosier62 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:12 PM

    I suppose it depends on whether Schwartz signed the players to compete for a starting position, or if he signed them simply for depth.

  9. donmega72 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:13 PM

    I see Schwartz and Mayhew are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic again.

  10. mikejonesforum says: Aug 18, 2013 2:14 PM

    Every team needs an insurance policy.

  11. zoxitic says: Aug 18, 2013 2:18 PM

    What does it say that they keep signing Jaguar cast-offs?

  12. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 18, 2013 2:21 PM

    They peaked in 2011, started believing everything that was said about them, and have been under -performing ever since.

    Once they start out slow, or go through a slump, there will be a lot of frustration amongst all the hot heads, Like Suh…and fingers will start to point.

    Then the team will divide, fall apart and ultimately resemble the city it represents.

  13. Jennifer says: Aug 18, 2013 2:31 PM

    I think Schwartz was a child actor. He looks like “Boner” from Growing Pains.

  14. bigpoppa5501 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:34 PM

    As many times as the Lions have drafted in the top 10 in the last 10 years…says a lot about the GM, I think they have had a bunch of character issues as well. At least Detroit has their Tigers who are tearing it up.

  15. speters0630 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:39 PM

    As a WR fan, I watched McIntosh for a few years… He couldn’t fight off a block from a butterfly and make a tackle.

  16. phillipalpha says: Aug 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    People seem to forget that insane amount of money are tied up in very few players, thanks to the pre-rookie wage scale years where guys like a bunch of top 5 picks were made, like Stafford, Suh and CJ.

    People seem to have an easy time attributing this to poor front office work, but the fact of the matter is that if the wage-scale had come in play sooner, Teams like the Detroit Lions wouldn’t have been punished as bad, as they currently are, for being poor.

    I doubt many teams other teams could’ve gotten away with the picks that Detroit made, at the top of the draft, and not be in a similar situation, with insane amounts of money allocated to so few players. i just hope things are being cleared up soon, so there will be a level playing field.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 18, 2013 2:51 PM

    The better question is what is Schwartz going to do to hold the DC accountable to getting the Defense to work well? We can fail with any players if we don’t coach them up and create a system that they can execute. There aren’t any exciting players hanging out on the streets so if they need to get new players then there are plenty of opportunities to do that through the waiver wire or with trades, so any way you slice it all I want to know is when are we going to get our overall act together?

  18. jimmylions says: Aug 18, 2013 3:01 PM

    Neither of these guys is a lock to make the team. These signings are meant to light a fire under the players who are on the bubble. The other thing is … I like that they’re willing to bring in new faces and keep all options open.

    Mathis has been around for 10 years and was a Pro Bowl starter in 2006. If he makes the team, he’ll probably have good things to share with all the young guys in the defensive backfield.

  19. tinbender2000 says: Aug 18, 2013 3:12 PM

    The signings in and of themselves are not a sign of panic. Having the head coach come out and say they’re not a sign of panic, is a sign of panic.

  20. jimmylions says: Aug 18, 2013 3:17 PM

    Apparently there’s a little bit of history between Rashean Mathis and Dominic Raiola.

    Word has it that Mathis called Raiola a, “cheap shot artist.” The fact that he feels Raiola is an artist, and not some kind of poser or pretender should count for something.

    I’m sure these kinds of meetings are inevitable when there are people who’ve been in the league this long, but this would be a situation that would be fun for something like Hard Knocks.

  21. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 18, 2013 3:26 PM

    Lions = Guaranteed wins for Bears.

  22. thetooloftools says: Aug 18, 2013 3:55 PM

    I honestly think the Lions lack leadership. NOBODY seems to be the GO TO guy. Somebody needs to step up and say… “take my hand and if you stumble I will carry you” and be the presence. The voice of having no fear. The voice of a Reggie White. The Lions are thisclose to being Super Bowl Champions. I’m not a fan of theirs, but between them and the Atlanta Falcons in the AFC I don’t know who is more dangerous.

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 18, 2013 4:01 PM

    thetooloftools:

    Well part of that starts with the QB. He is supposed to be the leader of the team. And Stafford has all the talent and skill in the world he needs, but he doesn’t know how to pull it together and be the field general out there. He makes a lot of mistakes, has poor footwork and decision making, and he can’t be accurate enough to make up for those shortcomings.

    The Lions need to get a coach and specialist in place that can get the most out of what Stafford has inside of him. Until then we are always going to have these types of frustrations that seep through and dilute the potency of the offense.

  24. nananatman says: Aug 18, 2013 4:08 PM

    The problem is the shiny jacket, nobody takes a coach that glitters like a twilight vampire seriously.

  25. teal379 says: Aug 18, 2013 4:43 PM

    phillipalpha says: Aug 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    People seem to forget that insane amount of money are tied up in very few players, thanks to the pre-rookie wage scale years where guys like a bunch of top 5 picks were made, like Stafford, Suh and CJ.

    People seem to have an easy time attributing this to poor front office work, but the fact of the matter is that if the wage-scale had come in play sooner, Teams like the Detroit Lions wouldn’t have been punished as bad, as they currently are, for being poor.

    I doubt many teams other teams could’ve gotten away with the picks that Detroit made, at the top of the draft, and not be in a similar situation, with insane amounts of money allocated to so few players. i just hope things are being cleared up soon, so there will be a level playing field.

    Chicken and egg argument really. If the front office did their job better, those top 10 picks would have produced and they wouldn’t be continually picking in the area of the draft where the huge rookie contracts hamstring the team.

    Don’t want the huge contracts killing your ability to field a competitive team? Stop choosing so poorly that you’re right back to picking top 10 again next year. OR realize your limitations and trade the heck out of there to get farther down in the draft where the price of doing business isn’t so high.

    Either way – it’s due to front office ineptitude.

  26. bunjy96 says: Aug 18, 2013 4:49 PM

    Yeah and it snowed in Atlanta today.

  27. phillipalpha says: Aug 18, 2013 7:12 PM

    Fact is that now the insane rookie contracts are gone, thus its easier to move on from drafting high – before you were “stuck” overpaying for someone who hadnt even taken the field.

    No doubt Millen broke the team, and its a rebuilding process, but considering the amount of money tied in fewer players, Lions are not as bad.

    But needless to say, some popular people has to leave for this team to turn around.

  28. ahs2 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:07 PM

    This is NOT a GM issue, it’s a coaching/scheme issue. The GM does not control stupid penalties, stupid coaching decisions, throwing out the challenge flag at the wrong time, punting instead of occasionally showing some stones. I sincerely hope it’s playoffs or out of town for schwartz before suh, cj, staff and a few others get their AARP cards!

  29. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 19, 2013 11:35 AM

    Well I wouldn’t have thougt it to be panic until he said it wasn’t panic. Now it most certainly is panic.

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