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Schwartz praises Shanahan’s sportsmanship after Lions’ camera fails


In all NFL games, teams use overhead cameras to take pictures of how opposing teams line up, then study the photographs to make in-game adjustments. But in Sunday’s game in Washington, the visiting Lions found their overhead camera malfunctioning.

Fortunately for Detroit, when Washington coach Mike Shanahan found out at halftime that the Lions’ equipment wasn’t working, he instructed his staff to let the Lions use Washington’s pictures. And Lions coach Jim Schwartz said afterward that he appreciated Shanahan’s generosity.

“I want to recognize Mike Shanahan and [Washington General Manager] Bruce Allen,” Schwartz said, via “They shared their pictures in the second half. They knew we were at a [disadvantage]. They don’t have to in that situation, but I thought it was a very sportsmanlike move. That shows the class that they have, the class of the Redskins organization that they did that.”

In the first half, however, the Lions didn’t have access to the pictures, and Schwartz said that made things a little harder for his coaching staff.

“The whole first half, we were flying blind. Our coaches were doing a good job of making adjustment without being able to see the pictures,” Schwartz said.

And in the second half, Shanahan did a good job of showing good sportsmanship.

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22 Responses to “Schwartz praises Shanahan’s sportsmanship after Lions’ camera fails”
  1. annapterp says: Sep 23, 2013 3:46 PM

    How does Schwartz know anything about class. That guy is one of the biggest jerks in the league!

  2. jaggedmark says: Sep 23, 2013 3:48 PM

    Jim Harbaugh would have kept those pictures in a safe with three combinations and two keys.

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 23, 2013 3:52 PM

    Logicalvoicessays: doh!

  4. ccjcsr says: Sep 23, 2013 3:53 PM

    Class? What does he know about Class. Is that why he thrw his headsight in the ground when the game was over?

  5. EJ says: Sep 23, 2013 3:55 PM

    Finally, a coach that plays clean. Thumbs up for Shanahan. Did you read this article Mr. Bill Belichick?

  6. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 23, 2013 3:57 PM

    I can’t stand Shanahan, but that is awesome!

    I’ll tip my hat to him for that.

  7. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Sep 23, 2013 3:59 PM

    He knows his career is about to be up in DC if he loses to Oakland. He might as well pack his bags already

  8. kriswd40 says: Sep 23, 2013 4:01 PM

    I’d like to know who is responsible for this equipment. Do the Lion’s bring their own cameras for away games and those broke? Or did Washington supply the broken cameras in the first place? If it’s the later, it seems odd that only the Lion’s stuff broke.

  9. therealtrenches says: Sep 23, 2013 4:15 PM

    I’ve never been much of a Shanahan guy, but what he did here really showed that he gets it. Good job, Mike!

  10. dcapettini says: Sep 23, 2013 4:19 PM

    Isn’t this the way it is supposed to be?

  11. wafflestomp says: Sep 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    Classy move.

  12. nebster21 says: Sep 23, 2013 4:30 PM

    kriswd40 Let me ask you this.
    When things break do they all break at the same time?
    When one of your tires blows do they all blow?
    When one light bulb dies do all of your light die?
    When your car breaks down do all cars break down?

  13. r8dernation says: Sep 23, 2013 4:51 PM

    Did you see the way Schwartz reacted after the game? Slamming his headphones to the ground like he had just beat the team of all teams? It’s too bad he can’t follow up a classy move with his own classy move.

  14. earpaniac says: Sep 23, 2013 5:24 PM

    I noticed the headphone tossing thing at the end as well. I remember thinking that was a little unusual, but I didn’t hear anyone else say anything about it, so I thought I was just being nitpicky.

  15. dlr4skins says: Sep 23, 2013 5:56 PM

    Something Goodell and Mara could learn from the Redskins, CLASS.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Goodell and minion Mara didn’t impose another salary cap penalty, especially since the Giants have no hope. The hate the Redskins but love their revenue!!!!!!!!

  16. surfinbird1 says: Sep 23, 2013 6:16 PM

    He didn’t know they were last years pictures.

  17. hatesycophants says: Sep 23, 2013 6:47 PM


    I’ll guess Schwartz knows as much about class as you do about written communication?

  18. rayguyreturns says: Sep 23, 2013 7:15 PM

    I guess the “Shanarat” monicker no longer applies?
    Good for Mike.

  19. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 23, 2013 8:02 PM

    Amazing move by Shanny. Would have been tempting for most to withhold given the nature of the game

  20. bubbasmithguy says: Sep 24, 2013 8:30 AM

    Obviously Schwartz knows nothing about sportsmanship. Throwing his headset after the game. This guy is the douche bag of all douche bags.

  21. mrdry14 says: Sep 24, 2013 9:18 AM

    Close game, that might have made the difference for Detroit. Shanny is probably kicking himself now for doing it.

  22. rg3andthensome says: Sep 24, 2013 11:48 AM

    Says the guy with the Goatee….But still a nice comment and nice gesture by my team to make a good impression….Now for heaven’s sake, can we just win baby? Against Oakland maybe?

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