May 29, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz during organized team activities at Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz fielded questions on Tuesday about the team's recent off-field issues. Specifically, he was asked several questions about Titus Young and Nick Fairley. A full quote sheet from his press conference will be posted later, but for now, here is the key thing Schwartz said about the recent incidents:
On the issues of personal accountability and personal behavior and how it impacts the franchise: "Well there certainly is accountability, and that's always been the case, and there's a lot of different layers to that. There's a personal conduct policy, which is a league matter; there's team rules, there's team discipline; there's also a substance abuse program which is a league matter. So there's a lot of different layers to that discipline process, but I think what we have here is a case of a few guys tainting the reputations of a lot of others.
"We have 90 guys out here working, most of which are doing a very good job and working with a good goal in mind. But the actions of a few have affected the reputations of not just the other guys in the 90, but also the organization as a whole and that's not a good situation."
Schwartz went on to say that he is concerned, angry and "a lot of different words" over the fact that a select group of players is damaging the team's reputation. The Lions are now being described as the "new" Cincinnati Bengals because of their off-field issues, for example. The Lions actually had a very good off-the-field record before this offseason, but now all of the good they did in the past is being thrown out the window with the arrests and other issues this offseason.