Just how angry was Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz over the personal foul penalty right tackle Gosder Cherilus took at the end of the Week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Schwartz benched Cherilus for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Corey Hilliard got the start in the place of Cherilus, who didn't see the field until the game was out of hand and some starters were taken out.
While some may have viewed this as a permanent change, it looks like this was merely a one-week punishment to send a message to Cherilus and the rest of the team.
"The way we finished last week was not our best presentation," Schwartz said. "Gos has played a lot of good football for us, and he will continue to play a lot of good football for us. But we can't allow that to happen. We look forward to getting Gos back (next week)."
The good news for the Lions is they do have a player like Hilliard who can step in as a starter. It doesn't sound like he is staying in the starting lineup, though. As long as Cherilus doesn't make another critically stupid error, he probably will be the Lions' right tackle going forward.