The Detroit Lions are favored by six points for their Thanksgiving showdown with the Green Bay Packers. However, a two-game losing streak, and Packers quarterback Matt Flynn’s performance on Sunday certainly has the Lions’ attention. If that wasn’t enough, Green Bay offensive lineman Josh Sitton gave Detroit some much-needed bulletin material that they can use if necessary.
“They go after quarterbacks,” Sitton said on Milwaukee radio station 1250 WSSP, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin. “Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time. That’s what they do. That’s who they are. They’re a bunch of a dirtbags or scumbags. That’s how they play, and that’s how they’re coached.
“It starts with their frickin’ coach. It starts with the head coach, (Jim) Schwartz. He’s a d***, too. I wouldn’t want to play for him. It starts with him, and their D-coordinator (Gunther Cunningham) and their D-line coach (Kris Kocurek). They’re all just scumbags and so are the D-line.”
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Sitton feels that way, especially with Ndamukong Suh, who is considered one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, on the defensive line. More specifically, it was Suh who pushed Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the turf three times and then stomped on him in the Thanksgiving game in 2011, which caused the referees to eject the defensive tackle.
The following Thanksgiving Suh kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin and he was fined $30,000 for the incident. Even though the heinous act didn’t occur against Green Bay, there is no doubt Sitton was fully aware of the dirty play.
It will be interesting to find out if Detroit’s defense uses Sitton’s comments about their coaches to motivate them prior to kickoff. It certainly couldn’t hurt with the NFC North division on the line.