Lions vs. Packers: Jim Schwartz Ignores Opportunity Served Up on Silver Platter

By Ryan Heckman

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was served up an opportunity to fire back at Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton this week, but decided against it.

Earlier this week, Sitton was asked on a radio show if he thought the Lions’ defensive line would go after quarterback Aaron Rodgers this week if he were to suit up.

“Absolutely,” Sitton said. “They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time. That’s what they do; that’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags. That’s how they play. That’s how they’re coached.”

Strong words; and they didn’t end there.

“That starts with their frickin’ coach. The head coach, (Jim) Schwartz, he’s a (expletive), too. I wouldn’t want to play for him. It starts with him and their D-coordinator and D-line coach. They’re all just scumbags and so is the D-line.”

Schwartz was then asked to respond to the comments on another radio show after the fact and offered up this response:

“I’ve been around too long to take that bait,” Schwartz said. “The game’s going to be played by players on the field, and it’s going to be played with actions, not with words. I think those comments just stand on their own; we just let them be, and we’re not going to take the bait on stuff like that.”

I believe Schwartz may owe it to some to issue some type of a response toward many who question his players’ intentions and have done so for a long time. But, for now, he simply took the high road and let the comments settle.

“I think we just need to stay focused on our jobs,” Schwartz said. “And our job is to go out there and play good defense and play good offense, play good special teams, try to execute as best we can, try to minimize mistakes, and that’s no different this week than any other week.”

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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