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Jim Schwartz Monday Press Conference Recap: Cardinals Edition

December 17th, 2012 at 3:49 PM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Lions suffered their ugliest loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, getting blown out 38-10 by the equally hapless Arizona Cardinals. Despite that, Jim Schwartz kept things as close to business as usual as he could in his shortened Monday presser, and admitted he's sharing a big responsibility for his team's multitude of problems thus far this season.

Also addressed were conversations Schwartz has with Lions' ownership, issues about if the team is trying too hard and if lack of talent is becoming a problem. Matthew Stafford was lauded for taking blame yesterday, but Schwartz did place 100 percent of the blame for Detroit's recent slide on himself.

What Was Most Disappointing About Yesterday's Game? "We've had a lot of games this year that came down to one play. We can't be naive to think this would be one of those games. Even though we had the chance to pull it to seven late, it wasn't close. There were way too many errors in this game and it showed on the scoreboard."

Did The Team Miss Brandon Pettigrew Yesterday? "We missed play makers. They doubled Calvin (Johnson) on every play and he still had 120 yards. That says a lot about Calvin and a lot about Scott Linehan to find ways to get him the ball. They took the approach of hey, if Calvin can't make the play, we'll challenge all the rest of the guys to do it."

On The Front Four's Struggle. With The Resources You've Invested, Why Haven't They Played Better? "In this game, I didn't necessarily see our defense being incompetent. We were 17 percent on third downs. We could certainly play better and we want to. There were a couple rushes where the quarterback escaped, so we could do those better. You look at the way they play, they ran the ball and threw the ball quick, you wont see many sacks in those situations."

Going From The Playoffs To 4-10, Is There Something More To Think About? "This game, like I said in the beginning, we can't be naive enough to think this was a one play game. Realistically, some of the others were. We still have confidence in where we are going. Your confidence is week to week in this league. Sometimes, you can try too hard. It can work against you. It means an awful lot to the players."

How Soon Will You Get Where You Need To Go? "We're not going to make any predictions. We're going to do our very best for Atlanta this week. I don't want to say we've been set back, but we've gone off the rails a bit this year. We've gone off track."

is Talent An Issue With This Team? "We had very few mental mistakes in this game. We had a few false starts with crowd noise and we have to do better with those. I'll never stand up here and say talent's and issue. If they're on the field, they can play. It's our job as coaches to get those players in there to make the plays."

How Can Players Try Too Hard? "Sometimes you can press, sometimes you can try too hard to make a play, specifically when you're losing. You're going to try and be the game changer. We had one on a punt. In that situation, if you're not trying to do too much, you pull off of that. I don't want to put it all on Stefan Logan, but our corner made a mistake. It's your job as a blocker to avoid the catcher in those situations. If that play goes differently, maybe it's 14-0 the other way. Our players have been good, but, we gave up our last touchdown on that run where too many guys were trying to make the play."

What Did You Think Of Matthew Stafford Putting The Loss On Himself? "It's what quarterbacks do. He's accountable. Matt cares an awful lot. This losing streak has hurt an awful lot. Good quarterbacks have always cared."

At Any Point Yesterday, Did You Consider Benching Stafford? "No, I didn't. He's our starting quarterback. I think he's our best quarterback and if he's healthy, he's going to play. You put your best guys out there and that's our objective every single week. Matt can make all the plays for us and he's brought us back before."

Assess The Job Your Staff Has Done: "We're all in this together. This team goes out and prepares hard all week. We haven't always done it on Sunday, but we are working hard."

Have You Heard From Ownership? If So, What Have Those Conversations Been Like? "Just about every day. We have very good communication in this organization. We're all trying hard to do our best to get a win. It's a difficult situation, but it's our job. I wont go into those conversations. If we want to go into them, we'll talk about them publicly."

What Is Your Personal Responsibility With 4-10? "100 percent. I appreciate the quarterback taking full blame, but ultimately, it's the head coach's responsibility. I need to do a better job, 4-10 isn't good enough."

How Can This Season Be Salvaged? "There's no salvaging a season. We have to look at each week, come up with a good game plan, execute it on Sunday and do our job."

What With Free Agents And Changes Possible, Are You Thinking About Offseason Turnover Now? "No. I've said that before. we're on a short week this week. I barely have time for a press conference. We barely have time to think about that. We're thinking about everything we can do to win this next game. I dare you to find a team in this league that says "we're playing for next year." There's too much every single week to strive for."

How Disturbed Are You With Losing Six In A Row? "We're not happy about it. We'll work hard to get that right. It's nothing we're happy about."

Stephen Tulloch Commented The Players On One Year Deals Might Not Be Playing As Hard. Is That True With The Staff On Their Contracts As Well? Agree? "With our staff, it's no issue. Players, it could be a real dynamic. I think all our players are professional. I don't want to speak for Stephen, but I haven't seen any of that. Some of our guys are on one year deals and playing well."

On Injuries To Stafford And Jacob Lacey: "Stafford's fine. Lacey's having some tests today and it's a different story. It's not looking good for him, and it might be something which keeps him out longer."

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on his personal Twitter account @SportsGuyTheMax or on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Jacob Lacey, Jim Schwartz, Matthew Stafford, NFL, Scott Linehan, Stephen Tulloch

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