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Lions Notes: Jim Schwartz Tells Sean Payton To 'Go Win This Thing'

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  • Here's a great tidbit from Michael David Smith: Out of all the quarterbacks that entered the playoffs, Matthew Stafford was the youngest. Let that sink in. To say the future is bright at quarterback might be an understatement.
  • Jim Schwartz had a great quote when asked about how he must be comfortable knowing that he has a quarterback in place for the next decade: "He's only 23, I'd say we have more than a decade."
  • The Lions/Saints game was featured on Sound FX this week. After the game, during the handshakes, Schwartz could be heard telling Sean Payton, "Go win this thing, man. See you down the road." I agree with the sentiment. I'm hoping the Saints do go win this thing, especially against the 49ers on Saturday.
  • With all of the talk about Jeff Backus and the left tackle position as of late, many have wondered about where Jason Fox fits into the equation. I think Schwartz did a good job of summing up the situation earlier this week: "We still have high regard for him but the biggest thing is he needs to put injuries behind him."
  • Last Saturday, the Saints left a seat in the press box open and had a notice on it that read, "The New Orleans Saints honor the memory of Tom Kowalski." (Via Peter King)
  • The Lions/Saints game was the third most watched wild card game on a Saturday in the last 12 years.
  • Calvin Johnson set a couple records during last Saturday's game against the Saints.
  • The Lions offseason conditioning program is likely going to begin in mid-April.
  • SB Nation's latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft has the Lions selecting Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. I think he will become this year's Prince Amukamara (also a cornerback from Nebraska) and be one of the most popular predicted picks for the Lions.
  • The NFL did not fine Stafford for wearing a Detroit Tigers hat during an interview with NBC last Saturday. Common sense prevails for once!
  • Former Lion Dick Stanfel is among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2012 class of inductees.

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