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Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:21:52 -0800
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz gave PK David Akers a public vote of confidence after he missed his fifth kick of the season in Thursday's 40-10 win over the Green Bay Packers, but the Lions are planning to work out kickers next week as they weigh their options at the position. Akers, who signed a one-year deal to replace long-time kicker Jason Hanson in April, has made just 15 of 20 field-goal attempts this year and the Lions rank 29th in the league in field-goal percentage.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:03:30 -0800
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz is preparing his game to face either Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers or QB Matt Flynn, or even QB Scott Tolzien although most media reports have Flynn definitely starting the game on Thursday, Nov. 28. "We have game plans ready for all those different things," Schwartz said. "Whatever quarterback they throw out there, we'll be ready. We've looked at all three of them that have potential to be able to play in this game."
Sat, 09 Nov 2013 06:00:01 -0800
Detroit Lions DE Devin Taylor is likely to see his role increase in Week 10, and got praise from head coach Jim Schwartz. "He's played well in every role that we have given him this year,'' coach Jim Schwartz said of Taylor. "He's affected games and that's what we expected when we drafted where we did. When Jason Jones went down, he needed to step up. If we need him to step up more, we think he's capable of doing that."
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:40:48 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the team will not be putting WR Nate Burleson (arm) on Injured Reserve at this point. The team will wait until after Burleson has surgery to make that call.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:27:26 -0700
Detroit Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (concussion) is likely dealing with a concussion after missing practices and the team's last preseason game. Head coach Jim Schwartz doesn't seem concerned that Ansah has missed practice time, though.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:56:47 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said there were some encouraging results from tests on RB Montell Owens (knee) knee injury after the game, but it is still unknown how bad the injury is. "It didn't look good, but we'll wait and see what the tests look like," Schwartz said. "There was some encouraging things from the tests they did afterwards, but you really don't know. It'd be premature to even speculate on where he is."
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:55:58 -0700
Detroit Lions FS Glover Quin (hip) left the team's third preseason game with a hip issue, but head coach Jim Schwartz said he should be fine moving forward.
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:54:09 -0700
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) did not participate in the team's third preseason game because he is not back to full strength yet. "Calvin wasn't quite 100 percent and we made the decision to sit him down until he's 100 percent," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said. "We need him 100 percent going into the season. So we just decided to scratch him at the last minute."
Fantasy Tip: Even with Johnson sitting out, it sounds like he is close to being ready, and is the top fantasy football wide receiver in any format.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:42:30 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said tests on CB Ron Bartell (shoulder), CB Jonte Green (hamstring) and CB Chris Greenwood (hamstring) revealed no serious injuries and all three players are day-to-day.
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:07:22 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said all three of the teams running backs, Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure, and Joique Bell, will have a role in 2013. "Joique runs the ball a little bit different than Mikel, but they both run a little bit different and present different things than Reggie, and I think that combination of guys is good. People like to say running back by committee and things like that, but each guy will have a role. There will be plenty of touches on the offense for everybody."
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:59:22 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he has confidence in RB's Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell. "We have a lot of confidence in both of those guys (Bell and Leshoure)," Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said. "Both of those guys are going to be good players that we continue to move forward with, and they all have unique skill sets.
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 09:33:06 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the team exhausted every effort at their disposal to try and keep former WR Titus Young. Young was placed on waivers and claimed by the St. Louis Rams.
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 07:50:20 -0800
The Detroit Lions contacted San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh while he was at Stanford to gauge his interest in coaching the team, according to sources; however, the conversations with the Lions never advanced far before the team offered its job to head coach Jim Schwartz and Harbaugh signed a contract extension with Stanford.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:39:08 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz responded to Titus Young's twitter comments about quitting if he does not get the ball more. "Every offensive player wants the football and there's good ways to go about trying to get that done," Schwartz said. "This is a pretty good example of a not so good idea. Guys are responsible for what they post, what they say. You wear your uniform 24 hours a day now, everybody's aware of that. We obviously still got some ground to cover there"
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:42:01 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the team is not going to change their defensive scheme to a 3-4 defense. Schwartz also said he did not see the "wide-9" defensive end alignment as a problem last year. "We didn't have enough sacks this year," Schwartz said. "To be able to blame that on the Wide 9, the people that say that really don't know what they're talking about. Every team in league, when it's third down, lines up exactly the way we do it. It puts guys in the best position to rush the passer."
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:47:08 -0800
The Detroit Lions severed ties with a handful of assistant coaches, but everyone else on head coach Jim Schwartz's staff appears to be safe. That means offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham have retained their jobs.
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:01:51 -0800
Detroit Lions WR Titus Young could return to the team next season, according to head coach Jim Schwartz. "There's a chance," Schwartz said. "There is a process involved there. He's a very talented player and obviously made a difference when he was on the field and it, particularly with the way the injuries went with Nate Burleson and then later (Ryan) Broyles, it affected the team not having him out there." Young got sent home for behavioral issues and was eventually placed in Injured Reserve late in the 2012 season.
Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:34:00 -0800
The Detroit Lions owners will review head coach Jim Schwartz's job status after the season. The Fords that own the Lions are worried about the team's image and the coach's management skills.
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 05:59:01 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he and general manager Martin Mayhew have a fine relationship, despite reported tension between the two. Schwartz said he did not have an issue with the team collecting many players with character issues. "It couldn't be further from the truth," Schwartz said. "I don't like to comment on rumors, particularly from people not in our building that don't see us every day, but that couldn't be further from the truth. We are all in this together and we are all very determined to get us back on the right track."
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:45:48 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz won't be fired after this season.
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:31:44 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz never thought about making a quarterback change in the team's Week 15 game. "I think [Matthew Stafford] is our best quarterback and if he's healthy enough he's going to play," Schwartz said. "I don't want to farm somebody else's land, but why didn't the Saints replace Drew Brees after four (interceptions)?"
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:42:50 -0800
When asked if Detroit Lions WR Titus Young could not play again this season, head coach Jim Schwartz said "potentially."
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:34:24 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said that both the team and WR Titus Young needed time away. Young did not participate in practice Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:33:33 -0800
Detroit Lions S Louis Delmas (knee) has a chance to play in Week 12, according to head coach Jim Schwartz.
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:09:05 -0800
Detroit Lions CB Drayton Florence (concussion) suffered a concussion in the team's Week 11 game, according to head coach Jim Schwartz.
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:03:08 -0800
Detroit Lions WR Titus Young will be inactive in Week 12. Young was sent home from the team's facility Monday, Nov. 19. Head coach Jim Schwartz said Young's actions in the team's Week 11 game were disappointing.
Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:00:58 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said DE Cliff Avril (concussion) was much improved after the team's Week 10 game, more so than a lot of the concussions situations team doctors have treated.
Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:45:34 -0800
Detroit Lions CB Chris Houston (ankle) injured the same ankle in Week 10 that he injured previously this year, according to head coach Jim Schwartz. There was no further update on the injury.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:51:19 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said it was still possible for Chris Greenwood (abdominal) to be placed on Injured Reserve. Schwartz said Greenwood's biggest loss was missing training camp.
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 11:47:40 -0700
Detroit Lions CB Jacob Lacey (concussion) should return to the practice field this week, according to head coach Jim Schwartz.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:37:12 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he still has not heard the results of RB Jahvid Best's (concussion) medical tests. Schwartz said the doctors are still discussing the situation.
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 11:48:37 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said DL Cliff Avril's (back) injury does not appear to be a long-term issue.
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 07:31:25 -0700
Detroit Lions special teams coach Danny Crossman's job is safe, according to head coach Jim Schwartz. The Lions gave up a 105-yard kickoff return touchdown and a 77-yard punt return for a score in Week 4, after allowing one of each in Week 3 as well. "That's not a consideration," Schwartz said. "If we were getting out-schemed or if players were messing up schemes, it would be one thing. These are physical plays we have to make and pro athletes have to make them."
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:42:56 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz offered no update on QB Matthew Stafford (hamstring) Monday, Sept. 24. It is not clear whether or not he will be ready for the team's Week 4 game.
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:26:30 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said his team ran the ball more in the second half of Week 3 because it was leading to first downs.
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:09:22 -0700
Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (undisclosed) was limping around during practice Tuesday, Aug. 14, but head coach Jim Schwartz said it wasn't related to Fairley's foot injury last year. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee), OT Jeff Backus (back), LB Stephen Tulloch (knee), DTs Corey Williams (undisclosed) and Sammie Hill (back) and RB Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) sat out of practice.
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 10:51:18 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the status of RB Jahvid Best (concussion) is still uncertain. "The only thing I will say is we're measuring Jahvid in weeks, not days. He's not day-to-day."
Fantasy Tip: This news puts Best's Week 1 availability in question; his early-season workload will be light even if he returns in the next few weeks. He was cleared for organized team activities only to be put on the shelf for contact drills this summer. Fantasy footballers should downgrade him in their rankings and view Best as a very risky RB3 or a worthwhile gamble as a fourth back.
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 07:49:39 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said OT Riley Reiff must earn his playing time during the course of training camp and the preseason regardless of his draft status. "He brings a lot of credentials to the table," Schwartz said. "He's smart, he's big, he's a hard worker. But where he plays and how soon he plays will depend on nothing but how he does over these 35 days of training camp, how he plays in these preseason games. It's not going to be where we drafted him, how much money he makes, his signing bonus, or the color of his t-shirt. It's going to be how he does in those practices."
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:21:33 -0700
The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a contract extension with head coach Jim Schwartz. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Mon, 14 May 2012 09:44:32 -0700
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has only one year left on his deal; however, he refuses to give an update on a possible contract extension. "I don't talk about my contract, that's why," Schwartz said. "I don't talk about my contract."
Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:47:32 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team has made progress in contract extension talks with head coach Jim Schwartz.
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 08:49:51 -0800
Acknowledging his team will be active in free agency and building through the NFL Draft, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Thursday, Feb. 23, the team will prioritize re-signing their own free agents. "I think it's important for us as an organization to keep a lot of the players we already have before we start looking elsewhere," Schwartz said.
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 07:28:21 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz declined to shed any light on where talks stand on a new contract for him. Schwartz is entering the final season of the contract he signed in 2009. "The next time I talk about my contract will be never," Schwartz said. "That's just something that I'm not going to really comment on, because it has nothing to do with where we are, the success of the team, it has nothing to do with what we do on a daily basis ..."
Thu, 02 Feb 2012 11:38:32 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he expects to receive a contract extension this offseason but does not want to talk about his contract situation.
Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:06:35 -0800
The Detroit Lions will focus on working on a contract extension for head coach Jim Schwartz now that they have all of the assistant coaches under contract for next season.
Wed, 18 Jan 2012 07:32:30 -0800
Of the 11 men who started NFL head-coaching tenures in 2009, just two remain gainfully employed by the same team: New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz.
Thu, 12 Jan 2012 11:53:29 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team will be working on a contract extension with head coach Jim Schwartz in the next few weeks. Schwartz will be entering the last year of his contract.
Tue, 10 Jan 2012 06:50:28 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said his team did a good job of beating opponents who finished below them in the standings; however, he said the Lions must improve against top teams. "We beat the teams we should've beat," Schwartz said. "We need to take an important step and have a better record against the playoff-caliber teams."
Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:10:09 -0800
The Detroit Lions' defense allowed an average of 31.6 points in its last nine games. "We lost depth on our D-line, and a couple of key players in the secondary," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "We didn't adjust well to dealing with those injuries ... we gave up way too many points."
Mon, 26 Dec 2011 17:41:58 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz seemed to indicate none, if any, of his players will be rested in the Week 17 regular season finale against the Green Bay Packers. "We're going to play the game to win," Schwartz said Monday, Dec. 26, citing Wild Card teams which have made a run to the Super Bowl. "I think a lot of that starts this week. You look at those teams; it wasn't just what they did when they got into the playoffs, it's where they were at the end of the season. You certainly want to go in with momentum. You want to go in with wins, you want to go in healthy."