Below is a look at what Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz had to say after his team's loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)
On the Ford family reviewing his job situation after the new year: "I wouldn't discuss any private conversations for whatever purpose they served and I've always been that way.
"The thing I'm most concerned about is getting this team back to where we all want it to be. When the story of the season is written, it's going to say 4-12 and nobody's happy with that - players, coaches, front office, ownership, everybody. Everybody's in the same boat with that. But we're all focused on getting that right. There's nobody happy with that. And whether you're a player or you're a coach in this league, it just comes with the territory, and particularly when you have a season like we did. I
"I'll say this, I'm not proud at all of our record; there's things that we can do better. But I am proud of this team. I'm proud of the way that they've fought in this game. Everybody knows our situation and some of the challenges we've had, particularly late in the season. But we got 17 points down and we battled back. Defense started getting some stops. We were minus four in turnovers again, but we ended up losing by two points. I'm proud of the fight of this team and I'm not proud of our record and we're very determined to get it right."
On if he expects to be back next season: "Like I said, I'm only concerned with getting this team back. That's the thing I'm most concerned with."
On if he thinks he'll get that opportunity: "Like I said, I'm only concerned with getting this team back. That's the only thing that I can be concerned with."
On if he understands that when a team goes 4-12 it's very hard to keep the same core "Well, there's no question. There are a lot of things that go into the NFL, job security goes in - that's players, that's coaches; everybody's in that same boat. That's also one of the challenges of salary cap era and free agency and things like that. I think we have 18 guys whose contracts are up. It's going to be a challenge, but it's no different than last year. Last year was a challenge also. We had to let a couple guys go. We weren't able to get any free agents. We know what's ahead of us. We know that we're going to have to work very hard. We can do it."
On the turnovers against the Bears and the defense mostly holding them to field goals: "Yeah we gave up one touchdown off of it, but we got stripped in the pocket on one, threw an interception. That interception probably came and I'll let Matt speak for it, but we got down in the game and he was trying to make a play. I made a point of going to him and saying, "Hey look, we've got to treat this like its 0-0 and that mentality was able to get us back in. It was first half. We didn't need to go score on every single play right away. We checked the play and had an exchange problem and fumbled with Leshoure. We had four lost fumbles this year with him I think. That's a guy that didn't lose a fumble in his college career. That's something that ... it doesn't matter what you can do, he was running the ball good, but turnovers, particularly those fumbles were critical."
On why CB Pat Lee was the nickel corner over CB Jonte Green: "Well, Jonte's an outside corner and Jonte's done a nice job.
"But we thought that the size of Bartell and it showed on a couple plays. He did a nice job of getting the ball out and that size was helpful. We acquired him for a reason. We liked him and it was just a matter of getting him up to speed on all our calls and everything when we felt comfortable. We felt comfortable this week and we thought it was a good matchup for us. He's a veteran player. But Jonte doesn't play the nickel. So, Pat moved into that role and really the decision was between Pat Lee and Drayton Florence, another guy that wasn't with us in training camp."
On Cutler's scramble: "Well, we did a nice job on our coverage; gave up a lane. We were in man coverage which may, at that point of the game we needed to be in man coverage to play tight and any time you're in man you do run the risk of once the quarterback escapes, what he can do and he escaped a little bit today.
"He's done that all year. He's a very good scramble guy and I thought for the most part I thought our pressure had been pretty good. A couple times they protected with eight guys and bought time - first play of the game - stuff like that. But, in that situation a quarterback scramble hurt us."
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