Wednesday Notes: Schwartz and Mangini Clear the Air

  • The Packers have lost both Al Harris and Aaron Kampman for the season because of knee injuries.
  • Eric Mangini and Jim Schwartz talked after Mangini implied that the Lions faked injuries on Sunday and the two "cleared the air."  It apparently dawned on Mangini that he was simply deflecting blame by making those accusations, and he took some responsibility for the loss during today's press conference.
    "At the end of the day we're accountable for losing the game and for not making enough plays," he said. "That's me, that's the coaches, that's the players. That's what it was. I think I was frustrated with the situation and probably expressed that more than I probably should have, but at the end of the day we're responsible for it.

    "We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we didn't. That wasn't good enough," he said.
    All it took for Mangini to see the light was a little chat with Jim Schwartz.  Okay, I'm sure the negative reaction he got for the comments also played a role in making him realize that he sounded like a douchebag.  But still, I'm sure chatting with Schwartz helped the issue quite a bit.
  • The Lions announced their first ever "Pride of the Lions" class last Sunday.  The 12 members are Lem Barney, Jack Christiansen, Dutch Clark, Lou Creekmur, Dick Lane, Yale Lary, Bobby Layne, Barry Sanders, Charlie Sanders, Joe Schmidt, Doak Walker, and Alex Wojciechowicz.
  • Julian Peterson and Brandon Pettigrew were fined for hits in the Minnesota game.
  • Roger Goodell thinks Matthew Stafford's performance against the Browns can be a "game-changer" for the Lions' franchise.
  • Troy Aikman is a fan of Matthew Stafford.
  • SI took a poll of 296 NFL players and discovered that the Packers are a least desirable team to play for than the Lions.  The Raiders are the least most desirable team to play for.  Buffalo came in second, followed by Green Bay and Detroit.
  • The sale of the Silverdome was allowed to move forward thanks to a judge's ruling earlier this week.
  • The Dolphins have signed Ikaika Alama-Francis.
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