Jim Schwartz: Suh did nothing wrong, so there’s nothing to address

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Lions coach Jim Schwartz said he won’t talk to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh about kicking Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin on Thanksgiving. That’s because Schwartz is so sure Suh didn’t mean to do it that he doesn’t even think there’d be anything to talk about.

Asked on 97.1 FM in Detroit if he addressed the incident with Suh, Schwartz said, “There’s nothing to address.”

Schwartz said the NFL’s announcement on Monday that Suh would not be suspended was exactly what he expected to hear.

I wasn’t at all surprised that it didn’t warrant any kind of suspension or anything,” Schwartz said. “Ndamukong, I think, has done an outstanding job of staying free of penalties this year. I think he’s had one offside penalty the whole year. I think that’s been very commendable on his part. And there’s going to be a camera on him every single play. That’s just life in the city when you’re a player of his profile. And when that happens, there’s going to be all kinds of things that people can interpret any way they want. I think that was one of those situations.”

Schwartz said he was aware that Schaub said Suh isn’t worthy of playing on the Texans, but Schwartz said he isn’t worried about that.

“I did see the headline, but I didn’t read anything more, hear anything more about it,” he said. “He’s worried about his team, we’re worried about ours. I think we’ll just leave it at that.”

And Schwartz is happy that the NFL has left Suh available to the Lions this week.

53 responses to “Jim Schwartz: Suh did nothing wrong, so there’s nothing to address

  1. Of course he would say that. He’s the one that allows such behavior/creates the environment for players to feel ok acting out.

    As full disclosure I’m on the side where I don’t think Suh could aim that well, but he definitely was trying to kick Shaub *somewhere*.

  2. Awesome. Now I don’t have to vent about how obvious it was that he kicked Gomer Pyle in the sac.

  3. I can’t think of a coach I’ve disliked more than Jim Schwartz in a span of decades. Not the ignoramuses like Rich Kotite, I mean to dislike THEM as a person.

  4. And people keep on enabling Suh.
    It’s no wonder he has no respect for any rules, at what point does does somebody hold this clown acceptable for his actions?
    Soes he have to put somebody in hospital before anything is done with him?
    It would be one thing if it were just on the football field but it’s not, he either doesn’t learn or couldn’t care less in away from football too, see the history of bad driving.

  5. Of course he didn’t think Suh did anything wrong, he also doesn’t believe that his job on the line, that he should be penalized for throwing a flag on a scoring drive, {something that HE benefited from last year}, or that other coaches shouldn’t pat him on the back a tad bit harder than he thinks they should!

    Schwartz is an overly emotional idiot who can’t control his temper on the sidelines or his players in the game.

    Detroit is who they are because of this clown and his lack of control, both for his team and himself.

  6. Say what you will, but the incident only goes to show that Suh has been sitting in on extra meetings. You can see that he was paying attention in the special teams meeting room when they said there needed to be more accurate kicking.

  7. Schwartz is a delusional as Suh. Suh blatantly and clearly extended his leg in an effort to kick Schaub in the man-zone. Schaub was kicked in the man-zoe and reacted like any normal male would after being kicked here, by doubling over and wincing in pain. It appears the entire organization is delusional, which helps greatly to explain that upper management consistently allows a team to be fielded that underachieves and employs a head coach who fails to get the most out of his players. If you don’t root for the Lions, be happy for that.

  8. People just need to leave Suh alone, he plays hard, beside last Thxgiving play, he is doing well to stay penalty free. Matt needs to worry about his defense giving lot of yardage, the last two victories were because of help from the other team…Any team will take Suh any day. Ravens free!!!

  9. I blame the coach as much as I do for Suh’s behavior and the Lions developing reputation as a dirty playing team. If that what Schwartz thinks it takes to win, so be it. But don’t make a bet on his coaching longeivity if that what he thinks it takes to win. The whole shooting match there will go down in flames.

  10. As long as Schwartz refuses to discipline his team, the Lions won’t be a threat to take the NFC North from the Packers or Bears.

  11. The Lions are a last place team, again!

    I am too lazy to look it up but I believe the Lions have occupied that spot more than their 3 divisional opponents combined in the last 15 years.

    This is what they should be addressing.

  12. All Suh did was kick some guy in the groin. The Ford family has been kicking Lions fans in the groin for YEARS, so what’s the big deal?

  13. All of you Lions haters and Suh bashers have lost your minds, or at least any perspective. Some of the comments I read are nothing short of ridiculous.
    Hate on!!!

  14. I’ll give $10 to any reporter who hands Schwartz a business card to an eye dr during his next press conference.

  15. steelerben says:Nov 27, 2012 1:36 PM

    Say what you will, but the incident only goes to show that Suh has been sitting in on extra meetings. You can see that he was paying attention in the special teams meeting room when they said there needed to be more accurate kicking.

    Pretty sure he used to play soccer.

  16. as somebody that actually listened to the interview live I have no idea what some of you are talking about. Schwartz doesn’t think his flag should have been a penalty? He actually said the opposite. Every team has players like Suh. I think this hatred comes from the fact that he gets covered so much. I just hope none of you complain about football getting soft then cry about wanting players suspended.

  17. The lions are an absolute joke, and always have been.

    Schwartz and Suh are just adding to that ridiculous legacy.

  18. He also has done nothing to help the Lions win much this season.

    I always hear how great he is. Less than 20 tackles 4 sacks this year.

    Not what anyone had expected of him coming out of college.

  19. “I wasn’t at all surprised that it didn’t warrant any kind of suspension or anything,” Schwartz said, then adding, “but then again, I have not sense of right and wrong anyway so I’ll just shut up.”

  20. not to here to discuss whether it was dirty or not or intent, but what is Schwartz supposed to say in this situation.

    “yeah, I definitely think it was an intentional kick to the groin, he should be suspended for that, at least we finally got a break from the league office.”

    com’on man…

  21. Hey Goodell.. what about this quote from you?

    “I hold head coaches accountable.”

    So now what almighty “commish?”

    You need to put him on the spot for this Mike. I know you have a few more people to “answer to” now but I would be interested to hear his response if pressed.. I’m sure alot of other NFL fans would be too.

  22. @sgtdiver.
    There’s a difference between being a hard playing hard hitting hard nosed football player, and a cheap shot putz. Suh pole vaulted that line about a dozen cheap dirty plays ago. It bothers me that the league seems to have lost there perspective of where that line is.

  23. Even the lions fans have to admit that the warm fuzzies from the last season have disappeared with the pathetic displays by the head coach and (supposedly) star player.

  24. As long as Schwartz continues to live in denial as it regards the baggage and undisciplined actions of so many of his players on and off the field, he will never be a successfull head coach. When the inmates run the asylum it will only get worse. Schwartz went off on Harbaugh for a simple pat on the back but thinks Suh-sie didn’t do anything wrong with kicking another player in the balls.

  25. I like how the Lions put one winning season together every 20 years or so. It’s cute.

    Now get back to the basement.

  26. If the Lions were winning, you’d call them a “bruising, hard-hitting” defense, but their losing so they’re “undisciplined and out of control.”

  27. For the Lions fans who think everyone else has it wrong about Suh (including his peers who just recently voted him dirtiest player in the league) and Schwartz being a hot tempered delusional headcoach who has the ability to control his players (see titus young, suh-sie, fairley, leshourse, etc.) and is a winning coach………how’s that working out? Lions made the playoffs for the first time in forever last year and if that wasn’t a fluke then why are they back where they usually are, in last place in their own division???? I do feel bad for someone like Calvin Johnson who is much like SJax of the Rams, great players who will never experience team success.

  28. Reading some of these posts must be like how brainwashed people react to the first time they are presented with evidence that is contrary to what they’ve been taught and told to believe.

    People not easily influenced by an agenada driven media, plainly see t that he foot to the sack was not intentional.

    Those who need the media to tell them how to think and see are in a state of anger that they may have been misled. Rest assured the media will be quick to attack a dissenting viewpoint.

  29. Take out his knee.. thats how you stop Suh. CHOP BLOCK HIM on every play. have 3 or 4 players taking turns so he wont know where its coming from. but go after his knees

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