Lions quotes: Jim Schwartz comments on win over Patriots

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Quotes from Jim Schwartz's media session after Thursday's Detroit Lions preseason game.

Below is a look at what Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz had to say after Thursday's win over the New England Patriots. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)

On the turnovers: "Last week we didn't get any. We were opportunistic, particularly early in the game. We need to get some more points off of them. But yeah, turnovers were coming in a lot of different ways. Interceptions, some forced contact and I thought defense did a good job with those."

On the injuries: "(Louis) Delmas played really well too early in that game. He gives a spark whenever he is in. He was feeling good pregame and he needed to test that out. Calvin (Johnson) wasn't quite 100-percent and we made the decision to sit him down until he's 100-percent. We need him 100-percent going into the season. We decided to scratch him at the last minute. The other stuff, you know, Montell Owens, that didn't look good, but we'll wait and see what the tests look like. There were some encouraging things from the test they did afterwards, but you really don't know. It was premature to speculate on where he is. We want to get him some runs in there. He's sort of a hybrid fullback running back. He stuffed that first one up in there good and we were looking forward to seeing him get that next one, but unfortunately he wasn't able to finish."

On the progress the offensive line has made: "I think we ran the ball, but I think a lot of that goes to our running backs. I thought Reggie (Bush), Joique (Bell), (Mikel) Leshoure, Theo (Riddick), all those guys ran well. Not always against good looks. I thought our offensive line did a very good job of blocking for screens. I thought that was a big point early in the game we were having a hard time getting the ball outside, but if you get them inside, sometimes that gets overlooked, you know, be athletic enough to be able to block on screens and get those guys started and they were able to do that and protect the quarterback well. I think we took one sack in the game so I think they did a good job there."

On DE Ezekiel Ansah being in the right place at the right time: "I don't know if it's being in the right place at the right time. That's part of being a good player is putting yourself in those positions. I thought our front rushed very well. They created pressure. We didn't blitz a lot, but when we did it was pretty effective. I thought those guys did a good job of making it difficult for their quarterbacks to find guys in the field. That's a very good passing offense and that's a very good scheme. They have good players within it and one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League, so our pass rush was able to combat a lot of that."

On RB Joique Bell: "He's strong and he has very good balance and he is very difficult to bring down. He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's certainly not slow. He's done a nice job both in the pass game and in the run game. I think we saw that last year from him too. It's just a continuation of what we saw last year."

On if this was the best he's seen of QB Kellen Moore: "I think Kellen has been very good in camp. He's moved the offense, he's made good decisions and he's thrown the ball very well. I think you're just seeing an extension of that. Probably his most extensive playtime and he did a good job of leading us and getting some passes in there. We have been seeing that from him all training camp."

On P Sam Martin's 57-yard punt: "It was a three-point punt. You really think about it because we backed him up. Defense got a hold. We used all our timeouts and got the ball back around midfield. Offense got, I think, three catches in a row. Hoping to have a little bit more time so we could have either have gotten a little bit closer, even taking a shot at the end zone. Right at that ten second (mark) it was tough and we didn't want to come away with no points right there. I guess you'd say that's a three-point punt because we got three points out of that field position."

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