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Aug 10, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz during the first half of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 10, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz during the first half of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Below is a look at what Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz had to say after Sunday's practice. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)

On the crowd at today's practice: "Yeah. Nice day on a Sunday. I mean, we're a day after a preseason game in shoulder pads you know, when the players get out and there's that many people it definitely makes them forget we're still in training camp and it gives them a little bit of a boost."

On DE Everette Brown's performance thus far: "Friday he was around the quarterback and you know he's skilled enough to do that. He fits our scheme well and made some plays for us in the game. He's still developing in our scheme; we play a little different than other people but we think that he fits real well and he's had a good camp."

On T Riley Reiff's performance in Friday's preseason game: "He played well. He played a lot of snaps, which with our tackle situation and everything else, he got a lot of work in and was very consistent. I mean he was playing in the second half of the game, but he did a really nice job and it was good to see from him. It's been part of his progression; he's improved every single day like we've talked about and it translated to the game."

On WR Ryan Broyles participating in practice today: "He came out and worked. You know, his knee has been sore and we shut him down for a little bit. Doesn't make any sense to keep on going unless he was ready to go but you know he knows how to get open. He's not 100-percent physically, but he knows how to get open and he showed it in practice today."

On if his assessment of Friday's game was too harsh in retrospect: "We didn't play as well as we needed to play and you know that doesn't change after watching the film."

On S Amari Spievey's headaches: "Yeah, I mean, he was back in general population today. Like I said, anytime that you've had a guy with concussion history I mean, the way it is now, you know, if they wake up and they have a headache or they're nauseous, we're going to go through a long protocol to make sure it's not concussion related. We're just extra careful with them and you know we had a thud practice today, shoulder pads, and he was ready to get back in that. Hopefully we don't have anything pop up, but the way he finished the season you know, that last game with the concussion, we're just going to err on the side of caution when something like that comes up and hopefully it's behind us and hopefully he's back to playing for us."

On whether there's a next step in the teams progression after their first preseason game: "The progression that we need to do is we need to play better. We need to convert on offense and stop drives on defense and those couple things we had a hard time doing on Friday night. Every step of the way you should be a little bit better as you gear towards your opener. But I don't know if we put a whole lot into it other than just trying to do a little bit better today than we did yesterday."

On signing S Reshard Langford: "He's an athletic safety; he's got a little experience in the league. You know, we had issues with Delmas being down. Our numbers were a little bit light there and it worked out well and we'll see what he looks like. He's got to go through an acclimation (period), so it was hard to really see him do anything today because he didn't have shoulder pads on. But we'll get a good look at him tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a shorts practice so he'll be able to go do everything everyone else has done but you know, give him a chance."

On RB Joique Bell transferring preseason successes to a roster spot: "Well, we always say: you don't want to read too much into preseason. You know wins, losses and performances. The biggest thing is finding a fit with the team and there could be a million different things. You could be as productive as can be in the second half of the game and if your team doesn't have any spots it's not going to translate. He's had a good camp and it showed in the game. We obviously rushed the ball well. We didn't play well but we rushed the ball well. I thought Kevin, I thought Keiland, I thought Stefan Logan as well as Joique all ran hard and were very productive in their runs. We didn't have ton of real long runs, so to still average 6 yards a carry, that's pretty good when you're sort of, I don't want to say grinding it out, but you're not getting a 70-yard chunk in there that speared that average."

On Bell's skill set being a good fit: "Yeah, we have a lot of different style backs. You know, he's obviously not practicing now, but everywhere from Jahvid to now Logan and Leshoure and Keiland. Some of them are big; some of them are small. They need to be used a lot of different ways and have to be good in the pass game. They have to be good in protection before you can put them on the field and they have to be able to play special teams. That's something all those guys are working through."

On CB Bill Bentley's self-evaluation of his performance in Friday's preseason game: "It's not his job to grade his performance. It's his job to go play. He can play better. He left a couple plays on the field that he could do a little bit better and he set a high standard for himself and I think that's good."

On tempering Bentley's enthusiasm: "He's doing a good job for a rookie. Still got a long way to go and the good thing is, he' shown that he can make a play. He just needs to be more consistent."

On WR Titus Young's absence today: "Yeah he ‘still excused. He'll be back for tomorrow barring any unforeseen things."

On DE Ronnell Lewis and LB Justin Durant: "Yeah, you know, Durant's foot was sore from the game. Tried to give it a go, couldn't. We're only a day off from a game. Ronnell, same thing; he was trying to push through a little bit of a bruised shoulder and just got to the point in a shoulder pad practice like this that it got a little too much for him but those guys aren't anything but day-to-day."

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