In trying to prove a point about fumbling not mattering to the Lions head coach, I dug up the article which mentioned it. I think it would be wise for all Lions fan to read this article, as the season draws near, because it may shed some light on certain play calls, game time decisions, and maybe some needed confidence if and when the Lions find a team kicking their asses. Please note that this article is from November 2008.
Here's some blurbs...
But when Schwartz told Belichick his findings from an early N.F.L. research project almost 15 years ago, Belichick said he did not believe him.
“Fumbles are a random occurrence,” Schwartz said he told Belichick. “Being able to get interceptions or not throw interceptions has a high correlation with good teams. But over the course of a year, good teams don’t fumble any more or less than bad teams. Bill didn’t agree. He said, ‘No, good teams don’t fumble the ball.’ But actually, they fumble just as often as bad teams.”
Players credit the defensive coaches for their ability to correct mistakes quickly — the Chicago Bears converted three consecutive third-down attempts on their opening drive against the Titans, but none the rest of the game — and for the detailed preparation that dovetails with what linebacker Keith Bulluck called Schwartz’s “little hobbies.”
Kyle Vanden Bosch said: “Especially from a defensive lineman standpoint, we don’t usually pay attention to formations and down and distance. He has that broken down for us. We know what to expect out of certain formations, and what plays they can run. It’s unusual for a defensive line. But we have a quiz in front of the whole defense on Friday, and he expects everybody to know that.”
“People talk about the chess match between coaches and coordinators,” Schwartz said. “Anybody who plays chess knows your rook never falls down, your rook never stops one spot short. There’s human nature to football that will never make it into a game of numbers.”
After reading this, I'd almost like to email or send Schwartz a copy just to make sure he remembers the who the Lions hired. The confident, somewhat cocky attitude about who he is and what kind of coach he is hopefully is transitioning well as a head coach. I gotta think that having Gun and Linehan is allowing him to do just that... keep his "stats" guy mentality and staying true to "Coach Schwartz".