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Schwartz hears boos, denies yelling at crowd

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As the slumping Lions sunk toward overtime on Sunday against the Giants, Ford Field fans let their displeasure with the performance be known.

Coach Jim Schwartz heard the boos.  And he reacted to them.  After the game, Schwartz denied that he was communicating anything to the fans in attendance.

I wasn’t addressing the crowd, I was just trying to get our team fired up,” Schwartz said, via Justin Rogers of  “I think the psyche of the team at that point, we needed to have that spark.  We needed to feel like we’re going out here and overtime and we’re going to go win it.  That’s the only thing I was doing there.”

Some have argued that Schwartz was directing a profanity-laced tirade at the fans.  The video, in our view, is inconclusive.  Regardless, Schwartz wasn’t happy about the reaction.

“I was disappointed to hear boos. We’re getting ready to go to overtime right there and our crowd is great for us and they support us,” Schwartz said, via  “The team needed a lift right there.  We didn’t need to feel bad at that point.”

Maybe the fans believed the players needed a little negative reinforcement.  Given that running back Reggie Bush has called the team undisciplined and linebacker DeAndre Levy has said veteran leaders are partially to blame for a lack of focus on Sunday, the fans may have been right.

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38 Responses to “Schwartz hears boos, denies yelling at crowd”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Dec 23, 2013 10:41 AM

    He should have waited outside and shook hands with every fan attendance, and let bygones be bygones.

  2. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 23, 2013 10:44 AM

    And take the horse you rode in on too!

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 23, 2013 10:45 AM

    He had some very concerning facial gestures for that entire time and some really pronounced creases above his nose and between the eyes. He looked extremely angry and mad. And Stafford came off the field laughing at the reaction of boos. Both of them couldn’t believe what was going on. They expected the fans to not boo but to cheer them on like they never cheered before. They were both very confused as to why everybody in the stands was so upset.

    He also seemed to dart off the field very quickly after the loss. What was he in such a hurry for?

  4. blowpackblow says: Dec 23, 2013 10:48 AM

    Pack your things ya knob head. You are the weakest link, goodbye.

  5. clelek05 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:48 AM

    This guy sounds like a creep and I am really happy he doesn’t coach my team.

  6. vltrophy14 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:50 AM

    Schwartz isn’t looking forward to Black Monday as I expect him to be fired. Lions have a lot of talented players but a pathetic team. When Rodgers misses 7 straight games& Cutler 5 games & the Lions lose 5 of their last 6 games & can’t win the NFC North they’re pathetic. Lions head coach deserves to be fired

  7. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:51 AM

    Classic Lions.

  8. polegojim says: Dec 23, 2013 10:53 AM

    The Boo’s were very well earned and deserved.

    Lions fans may be loyal to a fault… and we’ve watched enough to know when we’re being offered garbage… again.

    Poor product. Poor effort. All game long.

    Let’s hope his hurry = packing.

  9. theo1254 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:53 AM

    He was just giving the crowd his final goodbye.

    Good riddance.

  10. citynative says: Dec 23, 2013 10:54 AM

    “Know the rules Harbaugh!!”

    Go Niners.

  11. ziggystheansah says: Dec 23, 2013 10:55 AM

    What a loser. There were replays online that clearly showed that he was cursing at the crowd. I don’t blame the crowd at all for booing too. We struggled against the worst teams in the nfl. Get out of Detroit Schwartz.

    Oh, and everytime the stat of matt stafford being 1-22 against a “winning” team is brought up, i just laugh. That’s the stupidest stat i’ve ever heard. Don’t you think by beating teams, we help put them in the under .500 category? It’s determined by the end of the season record. So please, don’t ever bring that up again…

  12. audient says: Dec 23, 2013 10:56 AM

    I had high hopes for these Lions. They should have been contenders.

  13. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 23, 2013 10:58 AM

    If Cleveland is the factory of sadness, what does that make Detroit?

    Feel bad for the fans of both these teams.

  14. twonis says: Dec 23, 2013 11:00 AM

    One thing that I can agree on with most Lions fans: Schwartz is a scumbag and it will be fun watching him get run out of Detroit.

    He should be tarred and feathered for good measure.

  15. rebels22 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:01 AM

    When the team needed leadership- the coach and quarterback acted like losers! They should have stepped up and lead their team but one smiled and the other started telling the fans to F— off! Season ticket holder for 25 years and just when you think you have seen everything. I guess I won’t receive my taped call from the coach thanking me for me a fan? Disappointed in my coach for that reaction!

  16. America's Team is God's Team says: Dec 23, 2013 11:10 AM

    Whenever I feel bad about the fact that I root for the team that defines the word mediocre, I can at least take comfort in the fact I’m not a Lions fan.

  17. craigkintexas says: Dec 23, 2013 11:11 AM

    Lions fans it could be worse. You could have Jerry Jones as your owner! Count your blessings.

  18. gbfb88 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:11 AM

    The fans were booing because the Lions had 23 seconds, 2 timeouts, and only about 40 yards to get into field goal range, and Schwartz had them kneel on it. There was no reason not to take a few shots. Well, except that Matt Stafford is their quarterback, I suppose…

  19. norseyapper says: Dec 23, 2013 11:13 AM

    All season Schwartz has been preaching about how great and talented his team is. Then when they lose repeatedly in the second half of the season in a division that is ripe for the taking he wonders why the fans are booing?
    You tell them you’re great and then you stink, so what is left the fans to think but that you are: A. heartless and underachieving; B. led by a moronic coaching staff that could foul up a one car parade; C. the combo plate special.

  20. challer9 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:14 AM

    Schwartz should and most likely will lose his job. He also comes off as a huge douche. But Jim Schwartz hasn’t thrown 19 interceptions this year, including 12 down the stretch as the team went 1-5…

  21. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Dec 23, 2013 11:20 AM

    i think he needs to go coach the defense at dallas.
    he will fit right in with their culture of blowing 4th qtr leads repeatedly, early and often.
    this Detroit team is one of the most talented teams i can remember lately that didnt get in the playoffs.
    one might reach the conclusion that the inablity of this entire coaching staff to instill discipline was the sole cause for missing the playoffs,again.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:28 AM

    Awww, they hurt his feelings.

    Maybe he can ask the NFL to investigate the Detroit fans for “bullying” the Lion’s players and coaches.

  23. grumpyoleman says: Dec 23, 2013 11:35 AM

    Kind if disappointed they didn’t fire most of the staff once they were eliminated

  24. blitzed14 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:36 AM

    It’s time to add Schwartz to the long list of Lions Head Coaches who never got another HC offer. I tried to maintain hope that this guy could turn it around, but it’s just not going to happen. This roster is too talented to keep his undisciplined methods in place. Let’s hope they can bring in Whisenhunt…

  25. steelpenguin6687 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:37 AM

    Not a Lion fan, but Schwartz will be run out of Detroit on a rail. Maybe even before the season is officially over.

  26. madmikekc24 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:42 AM

    Honest question here seeking an honest answer from ppl in Detroit:

    How has Schwartz not yet been fired yet? Is Gunther Cunningham really still a Coordinator? I grew up watching him coach Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith. Cunningham’s defenses have never been the same without that HOF duo. Maybe its time to move on to 2014?

  27. jeffchadwick says: Dec 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    After yesterday’s events, I had figured Jim Schwartz would be fired by now. Then I remembered the Lions.

  28. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 23, 2013 11:53 AM


    Ford loves Schwartz. There were reports that even our GM may have wanted to fire him. The first time they ever met they probably really hit it off and he really fell in love with Jim’s football mind or presentation or persona. He didn’t give him the extension for big money and in advance because he thought he was taking a chance, he was just overly sold and convinced that he was a fantastic coach and it only made natural logical sense for him to want to secure the guy that he was really happy and impressed with.

    Gunther is a guy that Schwartz feels just as strongly about, and so he’s grandfathered into being loved unconditionally by Ford as well. And you hit on a clue when you talk about those legendary players and the history. This team has a high regard for coaches with an impressive resume and Gunther’s history and legacy is massive credibility to the Lions, and pairing that with Jim’s fondness for him has kept him secure and locked into being our DC as long as Jim is here.

    And yes it’s time to put all this behind us and look forward to the future. But we already know how to do that since we have been down this type of path before with a team of coaches that didn’t work out and then need to be bought out before a new team comes in and we hear how this time we are getting the finest assembly of coaches that money can buy. Just like every other cycling of the coaching staff that has come before.

  29. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:59 AM

    Winning takes care of booing.

  30. johnnycash19 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:00 PM

    At least Schwartz isn’t scared to go for the win, right?

    I mean, 2 timeouts with 23 seconds left and he didn’t even try to run a play. Nope he just gave up.

    But he’s not scared.

    Oh and Reggie.

    I promise the fans will stop booing you for the rest of the season.

    Just like how you promised you wouldn’t fumble for the rest of the season.

  31. kriswd40 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:07 PM

    Boos at that point were because with 30 seconds left and two time outs, Schwartz opted to run out the clock instead of trying to get into field goal range.

  32. buyamericanonly says: Dec 23, 2013 12:11 PM

    Great being a Lions fan, lets not forget that great former Lions coach Darryl Rogers who asked “What does a coach have to do around here to get fired?”

  33. ttommytom says: Dec 23, 2013 12:14 PM

    I don’t understand kneeling on the ball at the end of regulation.

    You take your shots in this world. You just do…

  34. leylandslung says: Dec 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    A shot at winning in regulation and you let it go.
    Schwartz was just happy to get to OT. What a loser.

  35. madmikekc24 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:39 PM


    Thanks for the insider perspective. I kinda assumed what you said to be the case. ..

    I feel your pain. Lifelong Chiefs, Royals and MU Tigers fan. We know all about blundering coaching staffs. We we’re in the same spot with todd haley, herm edwards, scott pioli, etc in recent years.

    although Andy Reid and his staff are not perfect it is easy to see the difference a qualified staff makes to an NFL team. I hope the Lions figure it out soon because it would be a shame to see all that talent and no playoff wins


  36. buyamericanonly says: Dec 23, 2013 12:39 PM

    Not going for it with 29 seconds and 2 timeouts shows me that Shwartz was indeed scared

  37. dtownsportslions says: Dec 23, 2013 12:59 PM

    Freaking Lions. I hate you. Stafford’s girlfriend you’re lucky and get free ride through life, now be quiet.

    As a Lions fan who was at the game booing them, the reason was I’m simply sick of them and how they always disappoint me as a fan. It’s pathetic and embarrassing. Lions fans have the right to be mad.

  38. jonnydapat says: Dec 23, 2013 1:20 PM

    Just imagine what a superior coaching mind and strategist like Bill Belichek could do with the talent that Detroit has. They would win the NFC north on a regular basis and be in the playoffs.

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