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Schwartz on Suh: “It puts the team in a bad position”

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz spoke very highly of controversial defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh after Tuesday’s practice but couldn’t defend him, according to Anwar Richardson of Mlive.com.

“Obviously, it hurts to lose any player for two games, much less a player like Ndamukong Suh,” Schwartz said. “But there is accountability for our actions. That’s a situation where something happened after the whistle. We want to be as tough and as physical and play as hard as we can between the snap and whistle, but anything that happens after that, we put our team in a bad position that we have to pay the consequences for.”

“It puts the team in a bad position,” Schwartz said. “If I remember correctly, this is the first time he has been flagged for something after the whistle. He’s been fined for the (Jay) Cutler hit, a face mask or a hands to the face, or those kind of things, but this is the first one incurred after the whistle. It needs to be his last.”

“Part of the thing is there is scrutiny of him. There’s going to be a lot of attention and everything he does will be put under a microscope. He needs to act accordingly. It shouldn’t change his effort and his toughness and how hard he’s playing in between the snaps.”

“I have had a lot of conversations with him the last two days and I think he is in a different spot,” Schwartz said. “This is a very emotional game. There’s a lot of things that happen on the field. A lot of things that maybe look different to us when we see them on film than we remembered them on the field. It happens to coaches, it happens to players. After the emotions die down, maybe you see things in a little different way.”


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One Response to “Schwartz on Suh: “It puts the team in a bad position””

  1. Schwartz is right, how can we trust him not to hurt the team again. His flag give Green Bay an important touchdown.

    Now that teams realize people can get under his skin, he’ll be targeted.

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