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Jim Schwartz thinks the NFL can be hypocritical on player safety

Jim Schwartz, Ndamukong Suh AP

Lions coach Jim Schwartz thinks the NFL is inconsistent in the way it enforces player safety rules, and he was particularly unhappy about one penalty that wasn’t called against the Bears on Sunday.

Late in the Lions’ 40-32 win, the Bears tried an onside kick and Lions receiver Kris Durham jumped on the ball and covered it up on the ground. As Durham was lying on the ground, Bears linebacker Jon Bostic delivered a hard hit to the small of Durham’s back. The officials didn’t throw a flag on Bostic, and Schwartz thinks they should have.

“He took a big shot,” Schwartz said of Durham. “I still can’t believe that. We talk a lot about player safety and things like that, and he’s laying prone on the ground, he’s giving himself up, and he takes a helmet right to the back and we don’t get any call there. It’s a little hypocritical to talk about player safety when we allow that to go, allow that to not get called. But Kris toughed it out.”

Schwartz’s team knows well that the NFL has made penalizing players who jeopardize the safety of their opponents a high priority. Bostic will likely be fined, but Schwartz is right to wonder why he wasn’t flagged.

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  1. classyjacklambert says: Sep 30, 2013 3:11 PM

    So does any fan that’s read any news regarding the NFL during the past 6byears.

  2. hyzers says: Sep 30, 2013 3:11 PM

    Probably about a dozen holding calls on the Bears offensive line that weren’t called either.

    Not complaining, though. That’s for the people on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

  3. nwfisch says: Sep 30, 2013 3:14 PM

    Sorry, not buying Schwartz’s BS. Durham could have gotten up and ran it back for a TD.

  4. clwb419 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:18 PM

    Yo Schwatrzie – if the NFL doesn’t fine or suspend him, then complain about the NFL. Until then, complain about the refs. While the referees have a contract with the NFL, the NFL doesn’t throw (or not throw) the flags. One would think a head coach would understand that.

  5. annapterp says: Sep 30, 2013 3:18 PM

    No kidding. In other news, the sky is blue, grass is green, and Jim Schwartz is a donkey.

  6. kaeprulestheworld says: Sep 30, 2013 3:20 PM

    Yup, hypocrisy at its finest.

  7. metalhead65 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:24 PM

    please stop posting his comments.I can’t stop laughing every time I read them. this guy coaches the dirtiest player and team in the NFL and he is complaining about a weak hit like that? I guess next time he should just stomp on his arm or dive at his knees and it would be OK? I know lions fans do not have much to celebrate living in a corrupt bankrupt dump like detroit, but it was 1 game and like last year the results will be different when you come to Chicago for the next game and get beat down. I am sure it seemed like a playoff game but I assure it was not and the lions are TIED with bears for first place. maybe if you guys played against everybody like you do against the bears you would not suck every year.

  8. jbaxt says: Sep 30, 2013 3:25 PM

    Swartz is a whine bag, trying to get the ball back for an onsides kick is the whole intention if the play. Get over it, or I’ll have Harbaugh shut you up.

  9. mkesfinest says: Sep 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    I agree. Suh should have been suspended.

  10. strlngsilver says: Sep 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    Hmm wonder if hes saying that to prep the refs when his team does something stupid.. Which seems to be every week…. Hes just mad because Ndamukong Suh is one of the, if not the, dirtiest player in the NFL and hes hoping the refs will overlook some of Suh’s soon to be issues.

  11. adebessi says: Sep 30, 2013 3:26 PM

    Shwartz is 100% right. It was a dirty shot from a sore loser no different than the end of the Jets-Patriots game but the NFL will spend more effort watching the entire game film of Suh to see if he did anything wrong. They need to suspend players the following games for cheap shots in the closing seconds to reduce these acts of horrible sportsmanship.

  12. chi01town says: Sep 30, 2013 3:32 PM

    This clown just won a big game and now he want to start crying about a hit from a rookie. Take the win man and move on to the next game

  13. rickrock6661982 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:35 PM

    Meanwhile, Kyle Long believes the NFL should fine him for being a fool after opening his mouth during the week.

  14. dcredz says: Sep 30, 2013 3:35 PM

    Oh man, all these angry Bears fans crying about Suh because he dominated Long and made Cutler look like the Cutler we all know and love.

    Suh didn’t drive his helmet into someone’s spine in a blatant attempt to not just end a career, but permanently cripple Durham. In fact, while Suh is dirty, he’s never made a blatant attempt to paralyze another player for life.

    Keep crying, the blue and orange mascara looks good running down your faces.

  15. huhsj says: Sep 30, 2013 3:41 PM

    Breaking News: NFL inconsistent regarding player safety.

    What is next? Water is wet

  16. hyzers says: Sep 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    metalhead65 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 3:24 PM
    please stop posting his comments.I can’t stop laughing every time I read them. this guy coaches the dirtiest player and team in the NFL and he is complaining about a weak hit like that? I guess next time he should just stomp on his arm or dive at his knees and it would be OK? I know lions fans do not have much to celebrate living in a corrupt bankrupt dump like detroit, but it was 1 game and like last year the results will be different when you come to Chicago for the next game and get beat down. I am sure it seemed like a playoff game but I assure it was not and the lions are TIED with bears for first place. maybe if you guys played against everybody like you do against the bears you would not suck every year.
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    You mad bro?

  17. bennyb82 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:42 PM

    It should have been flagged. I was upset that we did not take a knee 15 yards closer to Chicago’s endzone.

  18. delions00 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:46 PM

    metalhead65 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:24 PM

    please stop posting his comments.I can’t stop laughing every time I read them. this guy coaches the dirtiest player and team in the NFL and he is complaining about a weak hit like that? I guess next time he should just stomp on his arm or dive at his knees and it would be OK? I know lions fans do not have much to celebrate living in a corrupt bankrupt dump like detroit, but it was 1 game and like last year the results will be different when you come to Chicago for the next game and get beat down. I am sure it seemed like a playoff game but I assure it was not and the lions are TIED with bears for first place. maybe if you guys played against everybody like you do against the bears you would not suck every year.

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    And your Bears played like the train wreck that happened in your war zone of a City.

  19. jazsrt says: Sep 30, 2013 3:50 PM

    Clearly this makes Jon Bostic the dirtiest player in the league.

  20. grumpyoleman says: Sep 30, 2013 3:56 PM

    Funny suh is dirty for blocking a guy in the thigh but it’s ok to spear a guy in the back you could have tapped or the bears wide receiver diving at the lions DBs knees on fortes run isn’t

  21. dryzzt23 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:57 PM

    ***THE ANSWER TO THIS ISSUE ***

    Player A sues player B in civil court for a hit on the field. When players turn on other players, this will cause these “infractions” to stop altogether. NFL players hate losing their own money and the result will be a decrease in these hits, and the NFL can loosen the rules again.

    In today’s NFL, the tail (the players) is wagging the dog (the NFL).

  22. rockbottom37 says: Sep 30, 2013 3:59 PM

    He has a point when one of your players get speared on an onside kick and no flag. Bears are dirty and can’t wait to watch them get stomped by Saints next week

  23. christophershearin says: Sep 30, 2013 4:00 PM

    if the player was on the ground, it should have been spearing, but when was the last time you saw spearing called in the NFL?

  24. ahs2 says: Sep 30, 2013 4:04 PM

    nwfisch says:Sep 30, 2013 3:14 PM

    Sorry, not buying Schwartz’s BS. Durham could have gotten up and ran it back for a TD.

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    obviously didn’t watch the play & doesn’t know the rules…do your hoework before boradcasting your opinion or no one take a second look at the next one!

  25. mylionsroaring says: Sep 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    Player A sues player B in civil court for a hit on the field. When players turn on other players, this will cause these “infractions” to stop altogether. NFL players hate losing their own money and the result will be a decrease in these hits, and the NFL can loosen the rules again.
    __________________________

    The courts are full enough of bull crap cases.

    Now if the NFL wants to hire their own personal judge and have some type of a mock court with a max settlement then who knows maybe that is the answer.

  26. theboondoggles says: Sep 30, 2013 4:40 PM

    I’d be more upset with the blatant helmet-to-helmet hit on Calvin Johnson early in the game. Its right around 6:30 left in the 1st when Tillman is making a leg tackle, Johnson’s knee is down, and Major Wright leaves his feet, arms down, and hits Johnson with his helmet and shoulder pad directly in the head. Wright is clearly trying to take Megatron out and the line judge is right there: nothing. Wright should be heavily fined for that.

  27. mute617 says: Sep 30, 2013 4:41 PM

    Schwartz is a cry baby

  28. detroitlives says: Sep 30, 2013 4:51 PM

    nwfisch says:
    Sep 30, 2013 3:14 PM
    Sorry, not buying Schwartz’s BS. Durham could have gotten up and ran it back for a TD.

    This just might be the most bone-headed thing I have ever read.

    A helmet spear to a defense-less player? How about two hands???

  29. ajlynema says: Sep 30, 2013 4:54 PM

    jbaxt says: Sep 30, 2013 3:25 PM

    Swartz is a whine bag, trying to get the ball back for an onsides kick is the whole intention if the play.

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    How many times has a guy been able to dislodge a ball from a guy laying on the ground by hitting him head first in the small of his back. First of all, once he was touched, he was down so even if the ball did get jarred loose, it would’ve been down by contact and not a fumble.

  30. albinorhino49 says: Sep 30, 2013 4:56 PM

    Oh he’s just being a whiner.

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:00 PM

    Suggs did the same thing to EJ Manuel.

  32. facetious0ne says: Sep 30, 2013 5:01 PM

    It’s a good thing the NFL don’t care what JS thinks then.

  33. posmoo says: Sep 30, 2013 5:03 PM

    Shwartz equates cheap shots with toughness. He’s the dirtiest coach in the nfl. He has encouraged Suh to be Suh every step of the way. The refs may have missed a call, but he is the last person on earth with a right to gripe about player safety.

  34. lovethelions says: Sep 30, 2013 5:06 PM

    Schwartz has every right to complain…he’s a GOOD coach. Unlike some, he even changes his defensive signals, at least once a year :)

  35. lovethelions says: Sep 30, 2013 5:08 PM

    “This clown just won a big game and now he want to start crying about a hit from a rookie. Take the win man and move on to the next game”

    LOL! Chicago was a big game??? Get over yourselves. We win lots of games and Chicago is not a threat to anyone. A one point victory over Minnesota? Seriously??? ROTFL

  36. grumpyoleman says: Sep 30, 2013 5:11 PM

    So where is the proof that he is a dirty coach. Got any film showing he told suh to push cutler too hard or any of the other bs stuff suh gets called for

  37. lovethelions says: Sep 30, 2013 5:13 PM

    Cutler…he’s a great quarterback. You Chicago fans must be so proud. He should really get the MVP award for this game. He probably contributed more points to the Lions’ score than anyone else!

  38. ivanpavlov0000 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:21 PM

    I like that Schwartz is calling attention to the Bostic hit and blowing everything else off as football. That was an unnecessary hit and spearing a guy in the spine like that is very dangerous.

    You can bet that every Detroit player will remember this play when these two team meet each other again in about a month.

    The helmet-to-helmet hits on Detroit receivers will probably draw fines as well.

  39. timdavis697 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:23 PM

    Do you guys won 4 games last year are you kidding me. You guys are acting like you won the super bowl. Calm down weirdos

  40. timdavis697 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:25 PM

    Beating Chicago once every two years isn’t going to cut it kitty cats

  41. thejuddstir says: Sep 30, 2013 5:35 PM

    Someone tell me that Schwartz was kidding when he said, “he’s laying prone on the ground, he’s giving himself up, and he takes a helmet right to the back and we don’t get any call there. It’s a little hypocritical “……is that anything like laying on the ground and getting your head stomped on or getting kicked in the gonaads, or hit in the legs from the back when the play is over, etc. etc. If he wasn’t kidding then it was only to try and soften the blow the next time Suhsie does one of his dirty tactics.

  42. lovethelions says: Sep 30, 2013 5:43 PM

    “Do you guys won 4 games last year are you kidding me. You guys are acting like you won the super bowl. Calm down weirdos”

    And yet, we still beat you….

  43. grumpyoleman says: Sep 30, 2013 5:43 PM

    Suh never stomped anyone’s head.

  44. dryzzt23 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:44 PM

    The NFL is is survival mode, all b/c of player and union litigation. How can you clowns not see this?
    If the players and their union STOP suing then the rules would be relaxed, it’s a simple as that.
    The NFL must be able to show (in court) that it is taking preventative measures to keep these injuries from occurring. The NFL must also fully inform of every possible injury that could occur to them during football operations. All for the sole purpose of protecting itself.
    All this litigation (on behalf of the players) forces owners to pay lawyers to defend it. This directly eats into profits and forces owners to jack up prices on EVERYTHING.
    Don’t blame the owners, blame the PLAYERS.

  45. lovethelions says: Sep 30, 2013 5:45 PM

    “Beating Chicago once every two years isn’t going to cut it kitty cats”

    How about twice, in the same year :)

  46. grumpyoleman says: Sep 30, 2013 5:45 PM

    Both shoulders were in front of the guy he blocked also. You have no idea what you are talking about

  47. lovethelions says: Sep 30, 2013 5:49 PM

    There are certainly a lot of upset Bears fans, reading this article…maybe because our win, means Lions lead the division?

    Well, get used to it, Teddy bears. It’s time for Lions to show that they should and will be going to the playoffs this year.

    Don’t worry, you can still have a Wild Card chance…maybe…

  48. joeslacco says: Sep 30, 2013 5:52 PM

    I swear you have so many uneducated football fans. The Lions are first in the division not tied, and he’s talking about a flag. Suh was flagged and fined for what he did, a flag! Bunch of mor-mor-morons!

  49. koolaidsgonebad says: Sep 30, 2013 5:57 PM

    metalhead65 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 3:24 PM
    please stop posting his comments.I can’t stop laughing every time I read them. this guy coaches the dirtiest player and team in the NFL and he is complaining about a weak hit like that? I guess next time he should just stomp on his arm or dive at his knees and it would be OK? I know lions fans do not have much to celebrate living in a corrupt bankrupt dump like detroit, but it was 1 game and like last year the results will be different when you come to Chicago for the next game and get beat down. I am sure it seemed like a playoff game but I assure it was not and the lions are TIED with bears for first place. maybe if you guys played against everybody like you do against the bears you would not suck every year.
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    I talk crap, but nowhere near the amount of Bears fans. They bring up Suh as dirty every time. Come on man, get something new. Briggs is no saint. Suh slammed Cutler and made him look like a boy…this year and last.

    And I would like to explain how a tie works, If you get beat by the other team and have the same record you are actually in second. I assume you went to Chicago schools.

  50. funktron2x says: Sep 30, 2013 6:14 PM

    Another day goes by, another angry, irrational hater says Suh stomped on someone’s head. Stupid ain’t in short supply on comments about the big fella. hahaha!

  51. lovethelions says: Sep 30, 2013 6:20 PM

    “And I would like to explain how a tie works, If you get beat by the other team and have the same record you are actually in second. I assume you went to Chicago schools.”

    Ouch! That had to hurt…almost as much as losing to Detroit and watching us lead the division! :)

  52. squared80 says: Sep 30, 2013 6:48 PM

    Schwartz is the least disciplined coach in the NFL, so it’s no surprise that the Lions are the least disciplined team in the NFL. Both are reasons the Lions won’t win a playoff game with him at the helm.

  53. eightandeightlions says: Sep 30, 2013 8:24 PM

    Step 1: Was it a fair catch?

    Step 2: get over it.

  54. pingguy says: Sep 30, 2013 8:25 PM

    Wow! Lions fanboys are talkin’ a lot of smack for coming off a 4-12 season and now 2-9 against the bears over the last 5 seasons. There isn’t a person outside of Detroit that wouldn’t agree that Suh isn’t the dirtiest player in the league. You don’t get fined 100 grand for nothin’.

  55. eightandeightlions says: Sep 30, 2013 8:26 PM

    My fellow Lions fans are retarded. Thes second win against a decent team in all of Stafford’s career, and AGAIN, everyone gets all obnoxius acting like the Lions are not a flawed team, and like they are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. How has that turned out in the past?

  56. eightandeightlions says: Sep 30, 2013 8:32 PM

    koolaidsgonebad says:
    Sep 30, 2013 5:57 PM
    metalhead65 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 3:24 PM
    please stop posting his comments.I can’t stop laughing every time I read them. this guy coaches the dirtiest player and team in the NFL and he is complaining about a weak hit like that? I guess next time he should just stomp on his arm or dive at his knees and it would be OK? I know lions fans do not have much to celebrate living in a corrupt bankrupt dump like detroit, but it was 1 game and like last year the results will be different when you come to Chicago for the next game and get beat down. I am sure it seemed like a playoff game but I assure it was not and the lions are TIED with bears for first place. maybe if you guys played against everybody like you do against the bears you would not suck every year.
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    I talk crap, but nowhere near the amount of Bears fans. They bring up Suh as dirty every time. Come on man, get something new. Briggs is no saint. Suh slammed Cutler and made him look like a boy…this year and last.

    And I would like to explain how a tie works, If you get beat by the other team and have the same record you are actually in second. I assume you went to Chicago schools.

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    That would really be informative if, for some reason, the tie breaker was in any way relevant in week four.

    Have you ever heard the expression “Act like you’ve been there before”?

  57. mayorstafford says: Sep 30, 2013 8:36 PM

    bennyb82 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 3:42 PM
    It should have been flagged. I was upset that we did not take a knee 15 yards closer to Chicago’s endzone.

    This is very funny.

  58. eightandeightlions says: Sep 30, 2013 8:38 PM

    Jim lovethelions says:
    Sep 30, 2013 5:08 PM
    LOL! Chicago was a big game??? Get over yourselves. We win lots of games and Chicago is not a threat to anyone. A one point victory over Minnesota? Seriously??? ROTFL

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    Who is “WE” in the above sentence?

    If by “lots of games” you are still referring to the Lions, the legitimate NFL teams don’t count the pre-season. 23 wins in the last 4 season may be “lots of games” to you, but that is still <.500.

  59. scalfor3 says: Sep 30, 2013 8:44 PM

    Neutral (AFC) fan here. The only thing more hypocritical than the NFL on “player safety” is Jim Schwartz whining about a dirty hit. His teams have consistently been amongst the dirtiest in the league, year after year, dating back to his Tennessee.

    With that said, the Bears look like a bunch of little girls as well. If the other team has a guy who knows your calls, change the calls. Idiots.

  60. honolulubluekoolaid says: Sep 30, 2013 10:45 PM

    1. To all the bears fans playing the “stop whining” card: just stop talking, you sound pathetic! Whining, then whining about whining is telling us a lot about the dunder mifflin fans of the bears. FYI there are a lot of bears fans who are classy in winning or defeat, and to you folks I respect you.

    2. Enough with the “Detroit is a _____ city”. Most of the fans you are talking to only go to the city to watch the Lions, and don’t actually live there. And you would never say those things in person to someone who does live there, trust me. So hiding behind your computer makes you special and self righteous? Or maybe just a pompous a….

    3. Chi01town says “take the win and move on”

    And yet you are on a lions post(as usual) talking about us moving on.
    Funny, shouldn’t you be posting on a saints post somewhere?
    Oh, right you know that is a loss already.

  61. lovethelions says: Sep 30, 2013 11:30 PM

    That would really be informative if, for some reason, the tie breaker was in any way relevant in week four.

    Have you ever heard the expression “Act like you’ve been there before”?

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    8 & 8…a tie breaker is always relevant. Don’t try to dismiss your fall from #1 in the NFC North, just because it’s only ‘week 4’…after all, this might be the high point of your entire year.

    You might not see a 75% win ratio for a long time! LOL

    I know you can act like you’ve been THERE before!!! How long has it been since Chicago made the playoffs? It’s been a long dry spell, hasn’t it? :)

  62. gmsingh says: Oct 1, 2013 7:56 AM

    Is Schwartz new to the NFL? A lot of questionable hits that aren’t called by the refs have fines levied after the fact. Duh. He’s an idiot.

  63. rl7911 says: Oct 1, 2013 12:34 PM

    If Bostic’s not careful, he’s going to playing this season for free, this is about to be his second fine on the year. Too bad the CFL coach in Chicago can’t teach this kid how to tackle properly.

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