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.