Packers’ Sitton: Lions are “scum” who would try to injure Rodgers

AP

Packers guard Josh Sitton doesn’t sound like he’s in the mood to extend holiday greetings to Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley on Thanksgiving.

Sitton said on Sports Radio 1250 in Milwaukee that he believes if injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers returned on Thursday in Detroit, the players on the Lions’ defensive line would deliver a cheap shot with the idea that they’d take a fine and a 15-yard penalty to hurt the opposing quarterback. Sitton said he thinks the Lions’ players play dirty, and that coach Jim Schwartz, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and defensive line coach Kris Kocurek encourage their players to play dirty.

“They go after quarterbacks, their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time,” Sitton said. “That’s what they do, that’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags. I mean, that’s just how they play. That’s how they’re coached. That starts with their frickin’ coach. That starts with their head coach, Schwartz. He’s a dick, too. I wouldn’t want to play for him. It starts with him and their D-coordinator and their D-line coach. They’re all just scumbags and so are the D-line.”

Sitton sounds fired up about playing the Lions, but he said he really just wants to win a game.

“I just want a frickin’ win. We haven’t won in a frickin’ month,” Sitton said.

Both teams are hungry for a win. And these comments ensure that Suh and Fairley will be hungry to butt heads with Sitton.

146 responses to “Packers’ Sitton: Lions are “scum” who would try to injure Rodgers

  1. He obviously isn’t afraid of the Lions. I would venture to guess nobody on the Packers is afraid of the Lions.

  2. Sitton does have a point. I am not a Packers or Lions fan. Still would hate to see Rodgers take a cheap hit when he is just recovering. Might be a wise idea to wait one more week before bringing Rodgers back.

  3. “They go after quarterbacks, their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time,”
    Newsflash…The D-line is paid to go after the Quarterback
    How many QBs have gotten hurt due to “cheap shots” when versing detroit? Don’t say Cutler. he was 50% to begin the game. I don’t even think a qb has ever been hurt playing detroit in the past two seasons.

    Maybe if you had a legitimate medical staff and half of your team wasn’t hurt every other week you wouldn’t have to worry about Aaron re-aggravating an injury.

  4. Clay Mathews, on the other hand, was just trying to let Kaepernick know he was there when he launched himself like a rabid animal when Kaepernick was out of bounds.

  5. Come on! defenses and defensive line are there to put a hurt on your QB. The offensive line’s job is to protect that QB. A couple of years Green Bay has done a poor job or protecting theirs and now he has a broken collar bone.

    Sounds like Packer cry baby stuff to me. I think you just motivated that line to get after Flynn who has a habit of holding a ball too long.

  6. I bet if you ask any D-line in the league who the dirtiest O-line in the nfl is they would tell you the packers. Fricken frick!

  7. Typical packer/packer fan. Liquored up > no filter. Classy group.
    Not that I totally disagree with him, particularly regarding Schwartz. Regardless, sincerely hope the motor city kitties dismember the pukes.

  8. I love this division! Everyone hates each other. It’s gritty and makes for good football on Sundays.

    Packers hate the Bears.
    Bears hate the Packers.
    (my God I still love the pictures of the cheese grater heads in Lambeau the last game.)

    Everyone thinks the Lions are dirty, that’s a given.
    Lions consider themselves underdogs to everyone else in the division so of course they hate everyone.

    Vikings…well. No one likes the AP and the Vikings are that little brother who pouts in the corner while everyone is doing good around them like “Man I hate all y’all.”

  9. as a Bears fan I am hate everything about the cheeseheads but can’t argue with anything he said. there is good clean hard nosed football and there are the lions. their best player has a chance to be one of the all time greats but instead chooses to be cheap shot artist. the guy gets fined and suspended all the time trying to appear tough when he is just a punk. they beat the bears twice because most of the bears starting defense is on the IR and they think they won the super bowl. they have not won since when a real contender would take advantage of the other teams injury problems and wrap up the division while they have the chance. but not the lions who once again show they are the same old losers. but it is all Matt Millen’s fault right?

  10. Pro football used to be mostly about knocking out players on the opposing team. Now, it’s more about silly-woods in cute hats tweeting about the meanies on other teams. I have no idea how Vegas even comes up with lines for some of the pansy games these days.

  11. He has a point. Last year, Fairley picked Rodgers up and tried to throw him to the turf. But since someone tried to injure a Packers player, of course it didn’t draw so much as a flag.

  12. I don’t mind a little trash talk, mindless as it usually is, but comments like these deserve a hefty fine. It is a very poor representation of himself, his team and the league.

  13. BWAAAAAAHAHAHA! Sitton seriously need somebody to call him the waahmbulance. 😀 What an epic whine session!

  14. Surely there must be one or two of you Lions or Viking fans who are semi-intelligent enough to understand the difference between:

    * “going after the QB” LEGALLY and

    * “going after the QB with cheapshots” which are against the rules of the league and common sportsmanship.

  15. Schwartz was taught by Jeff Fisher. Fisher was taught by Buddy Ryan (remember the Bounty Bowl). It’s no coincidence Gregg Williams was set to be DC for the Rams before getting suspended.

  16. The whole point of the defensive lineman is to go get the quarterback. They’re not dirty they just play hard you people are punch a pansy asses. That offense of lineman should be ashamed of himself he sounds like a little girl. That sums up the state of our country bunch of freakin pansies get a grip people it football it’s ment to be physical

  17. Sounds like a lot of butt hurt to me. If and when discount comes back u should protect him better you china doll Glassford don’t ya. Next man up pin heads isn’t that what you always say.

  18. All jokes aside this is more Urban Legend than anything. A lot of Lemmings here listening to the media.

    As a point of issue: How many QBs do you now the Lions have cheap shots against this year? And don’t give me those shoves and the end of plays…most people just call that football.

    Sitton is garbage.

  19. Bunch a fudge packer cry babies, sitton is just still butthurt about last year. Every time a team plays physical football like they do in college and high school, opposing teams cry cry cry. Has suh done some dirty stuff yes but jeez would people get over it. Every team gets personal fouls, not just the Lions.

  20. This is classless. Every team has a few dirty players. To indict an entire team, its coaches and its coordinators, including widely respected men like Gunther Cunningham, is a cheap shot. It’s also bad business. You don’t want to give an opposing team any bulletin board material. Additionally, you now have endangered your teammates by spouting off your mouth. The lions play on the edge — there is no secret to that. They are coached to play to the “echo of the whistle.” Its their style, and frankly, it has cost many of their players a lot of money and it has hurt the team in game situations. But to say that they are outwardly trying to hurt people is cheap, lazy and dishonest.

  21. lks311 says

    They are scumbags. I mean who coaches Defenses to go after the Quarterback? I mean, seriously, how have they not all been suspended?
    ————–

    Every team coaches their Dline to go after QBs.
    And it’s not like Detroit has ever “taken Rodgers out”.
    Seems to me the packer OL does that on their own.
    Stafford’s OL let him get taken out his first 2 seasons.
    Packers have been fortunate during Rodgers career so far, with as many times he has been left to get beat on.
    That said, hope Rodgers gets better soon. Enjoy watching him play. Even if he does own my Lions.
    Hoping for a “healthy” outcome to a hard fought game.
    Go Lions

  22. Is the quarterback the guy with the ball… they should leave him alone. No reason to hit him at all.

    Lions fan, and I will bottle all your tears on Thursday GB NutSackers

  23. Irvin, Has suh done some dirty stuff yes but jeez ?? Really??If a player on your team got stomped on I guess you would be fine with it. Get a clue, Son! Maybe some day the Lions will build a trophy cabinet!

  24. Detroit is going to be a poor, run-down, abandoned, polluted, trash heap of a town with crumbled buildings and crime running rampant when the Packers get done with it!

  25. Sitton needs to stop being a little baby B*TC* and stop crying. It’s NFL not the Little princess league. Maybe you should guard your QB or Quit. Oh and correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the Saints bounty program going on since 2008 through 2011. Which Green Bay Packers played twice Through those years. So you said the lions are trained to take cheep shots? What about the rest of the League. So to just attack lions players shows me your a Little boy who is mad that Aaron Rodgers is the only real good player on your team. I thought it was a team game but your showing us without him your 0-4

  26. Who goes after qb’a in the nfl I would hope everyone thay call them sacks you numbnut try to man up and protect your like we do and stop kissing on clay

  27. The Lions are dirty and Schwartz is a classless DB. And the sky is blue. Sorry, the sky is frickin’ blue.

    I think the Packers will drop this game without Rodgers, but will more than make up the lost ground on the Lions by the end of the year. The Lions are imploding from within, as poorly coached teams with poor character and a lack of leadership are prone to do.

  28. Last time they played on Thanksgiving Day, Suh stomped on Dietrich-Smith’s arm. Doesn’t get much cheaper than that.

  29. He obviously isn’t afraid of the Lions.

    Or anyone else cuz you’d have to be fearless to wear that hat.

  30. He said freakin because he was on the radio! Duh!

    When he said they go after the QB, he meant they play beyond the whistle. Example: Cutler. There are others. Just can’t think of them at the moment.

    Lion fans should keep your mouths shut. You have no ground to stand on. Consistently beat the packers, hell, win A GAME against the packers, and maybe then you can talk. Until then, your team is a joke that chokes. Tell me I’m wrong.

  31. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Nov 26, 2013 7:23 PM
    Pro football used to be mostly about knocking out players on the opposing team.
    _______________________

    What? Football, pro or otherwise, was never about knocking out players on the other team. It was about beating them physically and on the scoreboard. It was never about injuring someone. You sound like a D bag who never actually played the game.

  32. Sitton is defending his lady’s honor.
    however, i hope a penalty flag would not be thrown. ShAaron should be treated like ever other player; not b/c she plays qb.

  33. Nobody should be allowed to make those sorts of comments wearing Gilligan’s hat.

    C’mon Josh. At least put on the Skipper’s hat when going on a tirade. Okay little buddy?

  34. He’s 100% right. He’s wrong to say it but he’s 100% correct. And its not just rivalry talk, the Packers dont feel that way about the Bears. The Bears have a history of playing hard nosed opportunistic defense, Brian Urlacher football . But the Lions, they play to injure, they play after the whistle, they try to intimidate and it all comes from their tough guy wanna be head coach. Fortunately, what it produces is an undisciplined team that despite a fair amount of individual talent, self destructs every year as a result of their inability to stay focused and play high quality high integrity football.

  35. “The only thing Packers players & fans do is hate because they suck. A sad, sad existence”

    You must hate cheese.

  36. We will see who is talking after the game is over. My guess is Lions fans will be full of the Thanksgiving joy!!!

    Go Lions!!!

    P.S. You Packer fans better keep Rodgers off the field we wouldn’t want him to get hurt now would we. I mean Suh and Fairley are big mean DT’s and they might just hit the quarterback.

  37. Hey sitting talk ala you want…your team is a one man show…u guys wouldn’t win 4 gms without rodgers and Lions Dre already pissed off losing to Tampa..they don’t need bulletin board material for thanksgiving

  38. He’s absolutely right, the Lions are out of control with PF penalties, especially Suh. And their coach enables it.

    And pftpoet, your hate of anything Packers continues. You’re worse than logicalvoice. At least he’s funny!

  39. @ Jeff Snow: you said “we could hurt Flynn, too”. Dude, you play for the Lions? What position?

    Look, anyone who is not a Lions fan thinks Schwartz is a tool. He’s a smart guy, but he comes off as a total ass.

  40. I would like to suggest that the Detroit DL cue up the tape of the 1962 Thanksgiving game to put themselves in the right frame of mind…

  41. The NFC North consists of the haves and the have nots. The Lions have never been to a Superbowl and the Vikings have never won a Superbowl (the have nots) while the Bears and Packers have Lombardi trophies.

    It’s really quite entertaining to read the comments and see the jealousy just ooze out of the Viking and Lion fans. Someday they might reach the Superbowl but not this year, and next year isnt’ looking too good either.

  42. Can you imagine what the Lions-haters would have said had it been Suh who broke Rodgers collarbone? But since it was the Bears nobody says nothing.

  43. Bears fan here- Watch a Bears-Pack game to get a clue about a rivalry that can be played hard, to the whistle every game, every play no matter the score or record of either team. Two classy franchises that dont like each other but tip their caps to one another when the dust settles. Lions will always be the Lions until they a) do something and I mean anything for a sustained period of time and b) do it with class and style. I get it though. I cant imagine the frustration and envy Lions must have playing in a division with the Bears, Pack and even the Vikes.

  44. 26predator says:
    Nov 26, 2013 7:06 PM
    Dude just single-handedly resurrected the Lions season.

    LOL- probably just the opposite. Those out of control lunatics will be so fired up by these quotes that Nick Fairley alone will probably have 3 personal fouls before opening kick off.

    I wonder how big Suh’s fine will be if he actually murders Josh Sitton on the field Thursday?

    Get the popcorn ready. The inmate-run asylum is about to explode.

  45. It’s refreshing to hear what players actually think without having their statements reduced to PR soundbites, yet it’s never a good idea to give your opponent bulletin board material. Even so, Suh was voted the league’s dirtiest player by Sporting News two years in a row, so this isn’t exactly a breaking bulletin.

  46. I love the way the lions D plays. I think your doing something right when opposing teams hate you, especially for a franchise that has struggled like the lions.

  47. johngaltwho says:
    Nov 26, 2013 8:40 PMBut the Lions, they play to injure, they play after the whistle, they try to intimidate and it all comes from their tough guy wanna be head coach.

    Whom have they injured? Name one. By the way, how in the world was GB not able to beat the Vikings?

  48. The Packers used to be one of the most tough, hardcore teams in the NFL. Now they are a bunch of whinny softies. Seeing the Lions become the toughest and most feared team in the division has been interesting to watch over the past few years. Just another example here……

  49. The Lions revel in their portrayal as dirty players, the refs give them a lot of room on the penalties on the late hits to feed this perception as controversy creates $$, as do villians. The NFL itself is the one that should answer for the behavior of the Lions “defense”. They let Detroit murder Jay Cutler, because, well, he’s Jay Cutler. Would they call the same game if Brady was under center? Heck no.

    Abs that is why the NFL has become a caricature of itself.

    The Lions have slways been a disgrace

  50. I get it. When the Packers do something its “sending a message” or “playing aggressive”. (I saw Woodson jack a guy in the jaw and walk away virtually scot free.) When the Lions do it, its a “cheap shot” and “dirty”.

  51. It is so darn refreshing to have a player speak their mind.
    And I’m so proud that player is one from my team.

  52. dontouchmyjunk says:

    What? Football, pro or otherwise, was never about knocking out players on the other team. It was about beating them physically and on the scoreboard. It was never about injuring someone. You sound like a D bag who never actually played the game.
    ——————————————————————-

    Whatever. You get to design your own make-believe world. Don’t let me get in your way.

  53. Packers crying about cheap shots on QB’s? That’s rich.

    The Clay Mathews on Kaepernick has already been brought up but does anybody remember Charles Martin just picking up and slamming Jim MacMahon on his shoulder after a play when MacMahon was just standing there?

  54. johngaltwho says:
    Nov 26, 2013 8:40 PM
    He’s 100% right. He’s wrong to say it but he’s 100% correct. And its not just rivalry talk, the Packers dont feel that way about the Bears. The Bears have a history of playing hard nosed opportunistic defense, Brian Urlacher football . But the Lions, they play to injure, they play after the whistle, they try to intimidate and it all comes from their tough guy wanna be head coach. Fortunately, what it produces is an undisciplined team that despite a fair amount of individual talent, self destructs every year as a result of their inability to stay focused and play high quality high integrity football.

    ——————————————————
    Brian Urlacher football, get out of here. It’s football I lost track how many times the Bears have head hunted Calvin, but nobody on the Lions says anything about they just go out there and do their job. It’s amazing what a national narrative can do to this story, if a Lions player had said the exact same thing about any other franchise it would be classless and uncalled for, since its the Lions the opposing player its totally right. I’ll tell you what this means, the Lions are relevant and other teams/fans don’t want to see them. Because, if they were doing the same thing at 0-16 nobody would say a single thing. Flynn is going to get destroyed on Thursday, 5+ sacks.

  55. This is all very amusing to me. Yes the Lions are a dirty team and its obvious Schwarz encourages that. Its interesting to find out his assistants do the same. Of course as it is a violent game stuff happens but the Lions seem to always look for chances to cross the line and hurt the QB if at all possible. They are IMO a bunch of dirty players who also are quite self destructive to their own cause.

    The Packers on the other hand are a team who love to make a big show about themselves whether its talking a show boating trash talking you name it if they have a chance to run their mouth and tell the world how good they are they are wont pass it by.

    Finally it is possible to be aggressive and not dirty the Lions are one team that doesnt care about crossing that line.

  56. stellarperformance says:
    Nov 26, 2013 7:05 PM
    He obviously isn’t afraid of the Lions. I would venture to guess nobody on the Packers is afraid of the Lions.
    ========================================================

    ooof…thats a scary thought..I mean, the Lions aren’t even afraid of the Law

  57. This is a brilliant statement by Sitton, because if Rodgers plays and the lions don’t deliver any cheap shots, he can say “thanks to me, they didn’t”, if Rodgers goes down to a cheap shot, he can say, “see, I told you”

    BTW do your job and it won’t happen.

  58. honolulubluekoolaid says:
    Nov 26, 2013 7:51 PM
    lks311 says

    They are scumbags. I mean who coaches Defenses to go after the Quarterback? I mean, seriously, how have they not all been suspended?
    ————–

    Every team coaches their Dline to go after QBs.
    And it’s not like Detroit has ever “taken Rodgers out”.
    Seems to me the packer OL does that on their own.
    Stafford’s OL let him get taken out his first 2 seasons.
    Packers have been fortunate during Rodgers career so far, with as many times he has been left to get beat on.
    That said, hope Rodgers gets better soon. Enjoy watching him play. Even if he does own my Lions.
    Hoping for a “healthy” outcome to a hard fought game.
    Go Lions
    __________
    Tongue firmly planted in cheek.

  59. Anyone who looks at this as something more than a player pissed off at losing a few games and getting fired up about playing the next game is an idiot. He’s a FRIKIN lineman getting FRIKIN fired up and nothing more.

  60. Everyone is taught to go after the qb. I’m a Lions fan and even I will say that suh and Fairly are beasts and their fed from the blood of qb’s but they still try to stay within the lines. Their just aggresive. They tried to take Cutlers head off to. Why not, who doesn’t?

  61. The Green Bay Packer tradition of clean play and respect for the game includes Charles Martin picking up Jim McMahon and giving him a pro-rasslin style body slam (effectively ending McMahon’s career).

    As for Detroit … the idiots who live in that city are about to sell off the Detroit Institute of Arts (amazing world-class art museum) to pay for things like a new hockey stadium.

    And yes … Sitton’s comments do sound like the whining of a lame OL who can’t protect his QB.

  62. I believe Sitton is referring to the time outside of the whistles and after the ball is gone. After all Suh and Fairley have never had very good games against the Packers so I doubt Sitton is to worried about legitimate hits like sacks.

  63. wow what a bunch of wimps! just because the Lions d-line manhandles most o-lines in the NFL, they’re scumbags.

    tell me all you einsteins, how many players exactly has our d-line injured by alledged dirty play? well let’s see. HOW ABOUT ZERO! cutler was already hurt, so don’t even go there.

    my guess is most of these guys have their massive nfl ego’s bruised after going up against suh who basically treats them like some pencil neck pimple faced geek and they just have a hard time accepting it.

  64. Bears fan here- Watch a Bears-Pack game to get a clue about a rivalry that can be played hard, to the whistle every game, every play no matter the score or record of either team. Two classy franchises that dont like each other but tip their caps to one another when the dust settles. Lions will always be the Lions until they a) do something and I mean anything for a sustained period of time and b) do it with class and style. I get it though. I cant imagine the frustration and envy Lions must have playing in a division with the Bears, Pack and even the Vikes.

  65. The Packers need a win. Don’t underestimate the Viking game. The Vikings play motivated against Green Bay every time they face each other, regardless of record. And it was the Viking Super Bowl, which, to their credit, they always try hard to win every year.

    The Packers are in trouble but recovering. They can beat Detroit.

  66. I said it before, and I’ll say it again. If you don’t want your top-2 QB hurt, PROTECT HIM. Put a few resources into the o-line. Tell Aaron not to hold the ball all day.

  67. Maybe if you fired up your defense, the way you just did for Detroit, you would have won a game the last month. Bottom line is, Ted Thompson is so arrogant, he wouldn’t provide the team with a viable back up QB. Packers got exposed as a very average team without Rodgers. Their defensive problems were already there, but Rodgers would be able to outscore the other team. Once he went down, so did the Packers season. I’m sure Capers is feeling the heat.

  68. said the guard on one of the worst o-lines in football. Worried about the QB? Then LEARN TO BLOCK!!! You’re the reason he’s not playing in the first place.

  69. lionsdraftguy says:
    Nov 26, 2013 7:49 PM
    Sitton is weak and has to hold to block Suh. Watch the tape.
    ——–
    That’s funny… because Suh himself said that Sitton is the best lineman that he has played against.

  70. I’m thinking that because Sitton said the Lions want to hurt Rodgers, that Rodgers WILL PLAY THANKSGIVING

  71. There’s alot at stake Thursday for these two teams.
    I hope the game itself isn’t a Turkey. Judging by Sitton’s comments it’s going to get a little nasty in the trenches and that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.
    Suh’s reputation is well deserved, yes he can be “dirty” and I don’t condone that but he also plays the game with intensity and focus. There isn’t a team in the NFL that wouldn’t love to have him .
    Have fun Josh.

    p.s. @ziggystheansah

    couldn’t you come up with something more original ?

  72. The question for Lions fans isn’t whether or not the Lions have dirty players (they do), but why the Lions are only 6-5 in a division they should be running away with and why the Lions were only 4-12 last year? Until the Lions start winning consistently, everything else is just background noise.

  73. Nice hat.

    Don’t care for the Packers or most of their idiot fans, but you don’t deliberatly try and hurt Rodgers. He went down and it exposed how bad that team is, which is great. But it wasn’t like bountygate, and we still handed the Saints the game by the way.

    This is great though, I’m sick of nfl players hand shaking and smiling for photos after a game. Lets actually have a ‘rivalry’ and play the game with some grit. It seems like the only people throwing punches anymore are the fans in the stands.

  74. 1. nice hat, bro
    2. all that matters is wins. Sitton, you can mouth off to the media about “playing correctly” and that “they play dirty” but wins count. its not a penalty unless the ref throws a flag. taking the high road is how losers reconcile a loss

  75. “Among penalties that are usually plays that might be fined, no Lions player is in the top 10 according to ESPN Stats & Information. Both Fairley and Suh each have three such penalties (generally, horse collar tackles, low hits, roughing the passer, late hits, etc…), but they don’t lead the league.”

    I guess they actually aren’t the dirtiest.

  76. Sitton should go back to playing pee-wee football. He is saying these things because the Lions have a better team this year and he knows it. He’s scared of them and is NOT ready to play on Thanksgiving.

    Now if you think the Lions are dirty players, you listen to too many NFL pundits who don’t know what they’re talking about. Second fewest sacks in the league but yet they are somehow notorious for hurting qbs. Think for yourself and you will understand that what sitton has no clue what he’s talking about.

    I distinctly remember clay matthews going after Colin kaepernick earlier this year. Another incident more recently was his cheap shot on Nick Foles. Seems like the packers are the underachieving, dirty team whose only hopes of winning rest solely on their ability to play outside of the rules.

  77. I can understand the negative comments about the Lion’s defensive line. I am glad that they do finally have a defensive line and that idiots who do not even really understand the game complain. Makes me smile. Now go make the doughnuts or flip the burgers.

  78. Sitton is a blow hard piece of trash, he spends more time talking then protecting his QB, which is why Rodgers is hurt.

    Great game Packers, you got embarrassed and it was your team that got cheap at the end of the game. Hopefully Tramon Williams will get suspended for kicking Fauria after the play or when he pushed the ref trying to go after one of the Lions.

    Stay classy!

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