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Jim Schwartz: Lions had penalties, but I won’t apologize for a win

Scott Edwards, Jim Schwartz AP

The oft-penalized Lions were penalized 11 times for 88 yards on Sunday, but Lions coach Jim Schwartz took the penalties in stride.

After Detroit’s 34-24 win over Minnesota, Schwartz was asked about penalties and said the focus should be less on the penalties and more on the Lions’ ability to overcome their penalties.

“I’m not going to apologize for any win,” Schwartz said. “We won this football game. There’s a lot of positives in this game, we were resilient, we played hard, we played physical and we went out and beat a playoff team at home in the opener. And I’m not going to apologize for anything this team did.”

What Schwartz’s team did included an illegal block by Ndamukong Suh into the knees of Vikings center John Sullivan, a totally unnecessary hit that was flagged and cost the Lions a touchdown on an interception return. The Lions also had a fourth-and-1 conversion wiped out by a holding penalty, had two false starts on offensive linemen and three defensive players jump offside. But the penalty that really concerned Schwartz was a taunting penalty on safety Louis Delmas on the Vikings’ sideline.

“The one I was disappointed in was on their sideline when we got that penalty,” Schwartz said. “I think that was the one I was most disappointed in.

Other than that, Schwartz’s view is that the Lions won, and that’s what really matters.

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30 Responses to “Jim Schwartz: Lions had penalties, but I won’t apologize for a win”
  1. tenotnamedmiller says: Sep 9, 2013 8:05 AM

    Apologize for that win right now!

  2. polegojim says: Sep 9, 2013 8:05 AM

    Lions fan… but not a Schartz fan…

    Fact is, wins do matter the most in the NFL.

    Still want to see them clean it up more though.

  3. catchhester23 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:07 AM

    There’s a lot of positives in this game, we were resilient, we played hard, we played physical and we went out and beat a playoff team at home in the opener.

    You didn’t beat a playoff team. That was last year the year you didn’t beat a playoff team. Or any team with a winning record. Before the year is over Vikings will have a losing record. (If ponder keeps playing)

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 9, 2013 8:09 AM

    No need to apologize, but let’s not get excited. It was only the Vikes after all…

  5. 4thqtrsaint says: Sep 9, 2013 8:11 AM

    I like this Lions team. Picked them to win their division, but I don’t like Schwartz.

  6. andygraham says: Sep 9, 2013 8:13 AM

    Jim Schwartz would’ve been the perfect XFL coach.

  7. Kaz says: Sep 9, 2013 8:20 AM

    So Suh calls a players only meeting as a Captain and responds that way?

  8. jpb12 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:22 AM

    He was disappointed in that one. The other ten… he’s good with.

  9. bennyb82 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:23 AM

    I wonder how long Suh would last if he played for Coughlin or Belichek…

  10. lionsmove2losangeles says: Sep 9, 2013 8:24 AM

    Hey Packer trolls who will eventually post some nonsense here… HOW DOES THE BOTTOM OF THE NFC NORTH FEEL? Nice job “defending” the niners last night *golf clap* BTW, your boy Fabio’s hit out of bounds was more dirty than Suh’s block. And looks like Fabio got a hold of his ol’ college coach for some PEDs seeing that roid rage temper tantrum. I laughed for a good 5 minutes after that. Thanks guys!

    Viking fans, good luck with that 2500 yd season AD! What’s that, like 2403 yards needed in 15 games? Oh ya, definitely obtainable! LMFAO

  11. cornernum23 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:29 AM

    The people of Detroit won’t ask you to apologize. But we will ask you to fix that mess!

  12. Stupid Lions Fan says: Sep 9, 2013 8:38 AM

    It’s funny how all of a sudden the Vikings aren’t a good team. They get wins last year and go the playoffs but once the Lions mop the floor with them they stink. Fans are so dumb.

  13. monkeyjuice313 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:46 AM

    @lionsmovetolosangeles

    “Duuude, week one.”

    Sincerely,

    The rest of the Detroit Lions fans (including me)

  14. whatjusthapped says: Sep 9, 2013 9:00 AM

    That’s the nature of Week 1 in the NFL. Teams that win feel like its going to be a Superbowl year, teams that lose can’t wait till Week 2 to get their first win.

    So its comical to see the Kitten fans pour out in droves and talk their smack. The only reason they won’t finish in last place in the NFC North again, something they did a lot in the past 20 years, is that the Vikings are worse, mainly because they refuse to give up on a #12 pick overall that stinks at QB.

  15. kriswd40 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:01 AM

    Best fix those penalties because we don’t play the Vikings every week. Do that against a good team and we won’t be getting a win too.

  16. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 9, 2013 9:02 AM

    The score should’ve been 48-24. We should’ve beat the Vikes last season too. We know the meaner Lions of 2011 had more success. They just need to watch those stupid penalites. How many times do we have to talk about it. The Lions made the destruction of another team look incredibly difficult.

  17. lionsmove2losangeles says: Sep 9, 2013 9:02 AM

    monkeyjuice313 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 8:46 AM
    @lionsmovetolosangeles

    “Duuude, week one.”

    Sincerely,

    The rest of the Detroit Lions fans (including me)

    —————————-

    I know brah, but after a whole offseason of reading ridiculous trolling, I couldn’t help myself! Week 1 of football season is like Christmas morning for us big boys :)

  18. thekiy says: Sep 9, 2013 9:06 AM

    I’m still not convinced that was a bad block. It was from the front, and at the waist, and within about five yards of the ball.

    Those plays happen in every game but we are only talking about it because of the media’s bad-boy narrative regarding Suh.

  19. wingz101 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:07 AM

    Delmas had a really dumb penalty and should have been benched. But Suh had a great game and just once again made a stupid move because of his over aggression. But you can’t bench him for that – he was dominant.

    Still, blocking below the waste on returns has been illegal forever. And Sullivan rolling around pretending his knee was blown … that was pretty lame. Guy was back for the next series played the rest of the game. Suh will likely get a big fine.

  20. rmc1995 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:15 AM

    Suh gets blocked at the knees about 20 times a game and it is perfectly legal. The one time an offensive linemen gets hit by a DL and it’s considered dirty…the double standard continues.

    The hold on fourth and one was a bit of a phantom call and hardly costly. Sometimes penalties are good. A ten yard holding penalty is better than a 2 yard loss on fourth down. The hold may have saved three points.

    The offsides are going to happen when your DL is getting after the QB. It’s risk reward. The two or three 5 yard penalties are nothing compared to the 3-4 sacks, and a pressure into an INT.

    So were back to Delmas taunting. It was stupid at the time, but he was coming to the aid of his rookie corner back who was jawing with Simpson.

    I’m sure every coach will take 11 penalties and a win rather than David’s penalty for Tampa, and Mathew’s penalty for Green Bay.

  21. noeffinway says: Sep 9, 2013 9:26 AM

    Hey, anyone seen that tokyoblaster guy around lately??? Bwaaaahahahaha.

  22. zeeman911 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:39 AM

    Amen brother!

  23. jerrykill4pres says: Sep 9, 2013 9:42 AM

    Schwartz is a buffoon!

    Lions fans, maybe you won’t like this, but…. Here’s the skinny on it. This is a take from an outsider… Your offense is scary. It’s good. You have the best wr in the league, you have reggie who compliments and makes it hard for a team to just concentrate on megatron. Stafford is a good, and young qb. But… Your players seem to have an attitude problem that needs to get corrected. That’s going to be the one thing that shoots them in the foot every year until either jim schwantz either get’s hit upside the head, or gets canned because he doesn’t have control of his players. The lions are geared up to be a playoff team every year for a long time. Young, fast, and plenty of talent. But stupid, stupid, stupid penalties can kill a teams momentum. Suh could be a great leader. Problem is, he says one thing, and then turns around and doesn’t practice what he preaches.

    Ponder is ponder. He was picked 3 times, and had a fumble. Lions should have beat us 56-13 yesterday. But couldn’t. And I blame that on 2 attitude calls. Play aggressive, but also don’t play stupid.

    Those two penalties against a team like GB, or the Niners, or Falcons would kill you. You can still overcome those penalties against the Vikings. But you won’t be able to play against those other teams and win when they commit penalties like that.

    A win is a win. It’s one step closer to the playoffs where everyone is 0-0… But you won’t have success there if the dumb penalties haunt your team.

    The offisdes on ansah wasn’t a dumb penalty. It was so close. His timing was right on the money. That was not dumb. That guy is quick. and just a fraction of a second later, and that was a turnover. So i’m not going to nitpick every penalty.

  24. zzr600guy says: Sep 9, 2013 10:11 AM

    Those stupid penalties will cost them games when they play better teams

  25. realfootballfan says: Sep 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    We know you won’t, Jim. That’s why you’re a joke, and your team will be held back as long as you’re employ you as their coach.

  26. charlesanakin says: Sep 9, 2013 12:14 PM

    The Delmas penalty was idiotic and they’ve got to cut that crap out if they hope to ever be a playoff team. Suh’s penalty was ignorant (they just changed the rule this season) and unnecessary but not cheap or dirty (his whole head and shoulders were in front of Sullivan). He needs to play smarter. The 5 yd false start on the rookie starting guard (Warford) is going to happen. The 5 yd offsides penalty on the Rookie DE (Ansah) which resulted in a crushing hit on the opposing teams QB and was just barely mistimed, I’ll take that all day. The 13 yd PI penalty on the rookie CB in his first game in which he played pretty well isn’t that big of a deal. Last season the Baltimore Ravens won the Superbowl and were the first or second most penalized team in the NFL. Eliminate the two stupid plays (Suh and Delmas) and DET has an acceptable 9 penalties for 58 yds (and 7 more points). I’m much more concerned with the two big plays they gave up.

  27. oilman989 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:56 PM

    Don’t apologize for the win, coach. Apologize for the infinite number of classless degenerates you continue to roster from one season to the next.

    You and Mayhew are history. Good riddance.

  28. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    Not really liking these comments here. Fine don’t apologize for the win, just apologize for all of the mistakes and the horribly sloppy play in so many elements of the game.

    You Mr. Schwartz and the Lions didn’t earn this victory, it was a gift from a completely hapless team that kept making 2 mistakes for every one mistake you made.

    I want an apology. Unless Coach Schwartz thinks he can go 16-0 by playing terrible football every week. Well maybe every team we play will have their worst game of the year against us.

  29. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Sep 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    Crickets from purpleguy and Rick Speilman is a Magician and a big win for the Lions!
    What a great day.

  30. vikesgod28 says: Sep 9, 2013 5:21 PM

    “lionsmove2losangeles says: Sep 9, 2013 8:24 AM

    Hey Packer trolls who will eventually post some nonsense here… HOW DOES THE BOTTOM OF THE NFC NORTH FEEL? Nice job “defending” the niners last night *golf clap* BTW, your boy Fabio’s hit out of bounds was more dirty than Suh’s block. And looks like Fabio got a hold of his ol’ college coach for some PEDs seeing that roid rage temper tantrum. I laughed for a good 5 minutes after that. Thanks guys!

    Viking fans, good luck with that 2500 yd season AD! What’s that, like 2403 yards needed in 15 games? Oh ya, definitely obtainable! LMFAO”

    Is this guy serious??? Id love to see the 49ers face the lions. They would kill you. Plus I don’t know why youre asking what its like to be at the bottom of the NFC North. Your team is always at the bottom even when they start 5-1 and end the season at 6-10 or 7-9.. You won 1 game and youre acting like you’ve made the playoffs. Plus id ask you what its like to win a playoff game but you haven’t won one since 1991 so im sure you’ve forgotten by now.

    I don’t know whats worse your team or your math because 2500 – 93 isn’t 2403…

    0-16 is all that really needs to be said here.

    SKOL VIKINGS!!

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