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Schwartz defends Suh, too

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Former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz didn’t defend only his former quarterback during a radio visit in Nashville on Tuesday.  Via Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, Schwartz also disputed persistent criticism of Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

“There were a lot of things that were completely untrue that were said,” Schwartz told 104.5 FM in Nashville.  “Somebody said that Ndamukong was constantly late and was doing it to show up the coaching staff and all these different things.  And I can say categorically, in four years as a player there, he was late zero times in four years, and I know that for a fact.  I was there every single day.  Ndamukong was one of our first guys in the building every single day, and he matured as a player also.”

A cynic would point out that Schwartz has no reason to admit he couldn’t control Suh, because that would ultimately be a bad look for Schwartz.

“You’re not going to get voted by your teammates a team captain if you’re the guy that’s late and things like that,” Schwartz said.

A cynic would pointed out that the outcome of a vote is only a reliable as the guy who counts the ballots.

The ultimate test for Schwartz’s faith in Suh would come from an aggressive effort by the Bills, spearheaded by Schwartz, to trade for Suh.  Stranger things have happened.  This week.

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27 Responses to “Schwartz defends Suh, too”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 11, 2014 3:43 PM

    It’s hard to convince people of your story when you say things like never. He says he was never late once, ok that’s possible because it is a calculable observation, but to say that you aren’t going to get voted blah blah blah, like as if that is calculable and absolute in truth is just plain foolish and makes the person making the statement sound unreliable and possibly untruthful. Everything he says here can be broken down to mean one thing to him and something else to an independent observer. Maybe some of those appointment times weren’t firm, thus impossible to show up on time or late for. Who knows, but everything he has commented on here is worthless without reconciling exactly what he means and what his rationale is for these adjectives he’s using. It could just all be convenient spin and I don’t buy his overall story. It’s poorly constructed and I’m confident if I knew everything Schwartz knew that I could spin all of these sentences into having a nearly opposite meaning by conveniently focusing in on an alternative perspective.

    But that’s why Schwartz failed in Detroit, he isn’t cerebral enough to figure out complex things. Nobody in Detroit is however, and so the whole team looks silly every week and has been for the last decade.

    No intelligence in mngmt or coaching = pathetic football team.

  2. buddysguys says: Feb 11, 2014 3:46 PM

    Trade for SUH??? we already have a guy who is late for him to really worry about, names Marcell.

  3. thepftpoet says: Feb 11, 2014 3:47 PM

    I bet you wish you coached for the Vikings.

  4. hamadybrother says: Feb 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    Why is everyone so eager to believe Heath Evans who wasn’t even there and took the word of players that may have an ax to grind after being cut, etc. Funny how people take so little information from a “source” and it gets so much play. If the coaches and players say it isn’t true, good enough for me – nothing to see move along. BTW, this isn’t the first negative story that Heath Evans has had for Detroit – seems to have a bug in his arse.

  5. henryjones20 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:00 PM

    why on earth would the bills trade 4 suh when they have kyle williams and mar cell dareus.2 pro bowlers? Schwartz docent have 2 prove anything regarding Suh.I do suspect Suh was difficult to control,on bill cowher would be able to do that.

  6. shaggytoodle says: Feb 11, 2014 4:03 PM

    Those guys were made for each other.

  7. heyguru1969 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:06 PM

    Based on that glowing review, I’m naming my first kid Ndamukong.

  8. wideright91 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:13 PM

    Schwartz is about to find out that the Bills will NOT need to trade for Suh. He would be a back-up on the Bills D-line.

  9. marvsleezy says: Feb 11, 2014 4:13 PM

    But does the head coach go to all the d line meetings?

    Does the d line coach want to rat on his players to the head coach for being late?

    No to both of those.

  10. cottonjoe says: Feb 11, 2014 4:27 PM

    Nstompukong was also never late in delivering a cheap shot.

  11. purpleguy says: Feb 11, 2014 4:33 PM

    The new coaching staff will now make those determinations on Suh, and since Caldwell never seems to blink, he’ll likely have no trouble noticing if Suh is late for meetings.

  12. jglion says: Feb 11, 2014 4:33 PM

    There’s not going to be any trade to the Bills for Suh. That said, though, he is demonstrably better than any of their D lineman, and their defensive line isn’t bad. Suh is just that much better.
    Also, Heath Evans has no credibility. He’s been wrong before and has had to retract or at least back down from some of his other statements. Anything he says should be taken with a grain of salt. Too many of Suh’s teammates have come forward to refute the Keith Evans nonsense, si it’s not just Schwartz.

  13. bradybbgoat says: Feb 11, 2014 4:33 PM

    Schwartz must be worried about Suh coming after him should he tell it differently.

  14. nwfisch says: Feb 11, 2014 4:42 PM

    Again, no accountability in Detroit. Schwartz STILL won’t hold his players accountable, 2 months after being fired.

  15. usmutts says: Feb 11, 2014 4:46 PM

    So the horrible season wasn’t the fault of the leader of the defense and it wasn’t the fault of the leader of the offense. So I wonder who failed in his job last season? Oh, yeah …

  16. ariani1985 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:48 PM

    If I could play against the lousy green bay teams I could look like a stud too!

  17. tinbender2000 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:51 PM

    Well if it wasn’t Matthew’s fault and it wasn’t Ndamukong’s fault, it must have been the head coaches fault.

  18. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 11, 2014 5:21 PM

    NFC North Standings

    1. Green Bay
    2. Chicago
    3. Detroit

    Insignificant = Minnesota

  19. ezwriter69 says: Feb 11, 2014 5:27 PM

    If Buffalo’s willing to suck up that 22 million dollar that Detroit owes Suh this year, they’re even more clueless than everyone has thought. Suh’s one of the best tackles in the game, no doubt. No tackle is worth elite QB money, ever, including Suh, and no way he’ll renegotiate, and why should he? Lions will have to suck it up and pay him that 22 mill, and wave bye-bye next year.

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 11, 2014 5:58 PM

    ^
    Nope, Ownership’s fault. They picked the lousy GM and the lousy coaches, and employed them all. You can’t win if you aren’t good at picking people to pick players or coaches. Schwartz never had to win to make millions, he tried to do the best he could and delivered on that, no reason to blame him either.

    This is a systemic problem that seeps down from the top and taints everybody and everything. There’s no point to assign blame if you don’t shut off the source of the garbage. Do that first, then don’t worry about having to assign blame in the future cause you no longer have to worry about it once you do that. This team can’t figure that out and they continue to maintain having faith in weak-minded football people that don’t know how to get the job done.

  21. chaivangnsixwhitehunters says: Feb 11, 2014 8:28 PM

    The Packers wouldn’t sign Suh even if he were available, they’d welcome Kluwe and would draft Sam in the first rd just for Clay and Aaron..

  22. floriooooooo says: Feb 11, 2014 8:55 PM

    how much evidence would this ‘reporting media’ need to get them to change their soggy diapers?

  23. donl517 says: Feb 12, 2014 6:21 AM

    wideright91 says:
    Feb 11, 2014 4:13 PM
    Schwartz is about to find out that the Bills will NOT need to trade for Suh. He would be a back-up on the Bills D-line.

    ————————————————-

    ROFL, where do you do your stand up act?

  24. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Feb 12, 2014 7:49 AM

    hamadybrother says: Feb 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    Why is everyone so eager to believe Heath Evans who wasn’t even there and took the word of players that may have an ax to grind after being cut, etc. Funny how people take so little information from a “source” and it gets so much play. If the coaches and players say it isn’t true, good enough for me – nothing to see move along. BTW, this isn’t the first negative story that Heath Evans has had for Detroit – seems to have a bug in his arse.
    ====================================
    Well you wanted it, You shall receive.
    Only at G2S will you find out the truth since are whole duty is to expose these “media” guys for what they are.
    Heath Evans left the Patriots thinking he was going to get some huge contract . He ended up going to the Saints for 1 year for peanuts theen got hurt 6 games in, next year he was cut but he thought he would get a big contact somewhere.. Nobody came calling. His Agent then reached out to The Lions who told him they would not sign him, they later said they would for the league minimum which “insulted” Heath Evans (He really thought he was a good player) He found out very quickly not 1 team thought he was worst anything more, he came back to Patriots with his tail between his legs only to find out they didn’t want him anymore either.. So then he “retired”
    So he is bitter towards the Lions

  25. teedraper says: Feb 12, 2014 8:08 AM

    I’ll take the coaches word over any hack reporter with secret sources.

  26. ivanpavlov0000 says: Feb 12, 2014 2:47 PM

    A cynic would say that backhandedly accusing the coach of discarding the player’s ballots for team captain, with zero corroboration that this happened, wallows in lameness.

  27. lovethelions says: Feb 13, 2014 6:04 PM

    BRING BACK KICKOLICIOUS!!!!!

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