Earlier this week at the NFL owners meetings in Florida, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz met with the media. Below is a rundown of what he had to say.
- New Lions defensive end Everette Brown reminds Schwartz of a "young Cliff Avril." Brown is actually only a year younger than Avril, but I think Schwartz made that comparison with the idea that Brown hasn't had experience in their scheme.
- Schwartz admitted that when he was with the Tennessee Titans, they gave out baseball bats and later boxing gloves for making big hits. He said "there's a big difference between that and cash bonuses and then bounties and things like that." He also made sure to point out that only legal plays were rewarded, and he added that it wasn't their goal to "put people out of the game."
- Schwartz views new Lions cornerback Jacob Lacey as a free agent whose signing "went under the radar."
- It doesn't sound like Schwartz has any interest in changing the Lions' defensive scheme anytime soon.
"We are very confident in the defensive schemes we play," Schwartz said. "And they do change from year to year. Some things become more useful as time goes on and some things less. Other things fit your personnel better.
"But (the wide nine) is something that fits our personnel very well and we've been effective with it. We don't view it at all as a detriment. We view it as a positive."
- By bringing back guys like Stephen Tulloch and Avril, Schwartz believes "it sends a good message to your players" and it shows that as a franchise, you take care of your own guys.
- Schwartz did an interview with Sirius NFL Radio.