Posted November 27, 2013

Ex-Lions DE Lawrence Jackson on Jim Schwartz: ‘I don’t have a ton of respect for him’

Detroit Lions, NFC North
Jim Schwartz has gone just 28-47 in five seasons as Lions head coach.

Jim Schwartz has gone just 28-47 in five seasons as Lions head coach. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Packers’ Josh Sitton delivered a harsh critique of the Lions and, in particular, head coach Jim Schwartz on Tuesday — “They’re a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags,” he said on Sports Radio 1250. “That starts with their head coach, Schwartz. He’s a d–k, too.”

On Wednesday, former Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson (currently a free agent) revealed on Twitter that Sitton might have it at least partially right.

“I don’t disagree with him about Jim,” Jackson tweeted, “but the other stuff…it’s sharks in the water…if you don’t want any problems…protect your QB…”

Jackson continued:

Jackson played for the Lions from 2010-12, Schwartz’s second through fourth seasons at the helm in Detroit. He recorded 13 sacks over that time despite not receiving any starts.

The 28-year-old Jackson responded to another comment on Twitter that he was just airing sour grapes by stating that he “chose to not come back” to Detroit as a free agent this past offseason. Jackson signed with the Vikings during the preseason, then was cut in late August. He has yet to land with another team.

Schwartz could find himself on the hot seat — if he’s not already — should the Lions let a glorious chance to win the NFC North slip away. Their Thanksgiving Day game with Green Bay could go a long way toward determining that outcome.

The Lions have had more than their fair share of on-field discipline issues during Schwartz’s tenure, with the focus often landing on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The most infamous moment occurred two Thanksgivings ago, against Green Bay, when Suh stomped offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith late in a Packers’ victory.

17 comments
AJ5
AJ5

This from someone that's no longer in football and from someone who's about to be no longer in football!!!

MichaelC
MichaelC

You know the saying, "fake it til you make it" ... for some reason, it applies to Schwartz. Seeing him on sidelines, it seems like he's 'pretending' to be a coach. Look at the photo above - everything seems so fake about it. The "manly" goatee. The Blue Steel gaze. The arms crossed.

ianlinross
ianlinross

It''s funny the Miami Hurricanes of the 80s were absolutely pilloried because of their antics, But Jimmy Johnson's teams showed more discipline on the field than Jim Schwartz's Lions.

dandogwood
dandogwood

The whole NFL knows Schwartz is a d1ck.

jrealy
jrealy

I think regardless of what the outcome of this season is this year, the Lions need to explore other options for coaching.  Schwartz did a decent job of getting the team back to a respectable level but at the talent level this team has now, they need a more refined coaching staff.  It's a good staff for a team that is rebuilding, but not for a team that is equipped to win playoff games.

Joe R2
Joe R2

Schwartz has been a POS ever since he was the Titans coordinator and would coach his guys like Haynesworth and Bullock to take cheap shots on opponents.  And he's carried that dirty mentality to the Lions, where they are a bunch of cheap shot artists on the field and dirtbags off the field....

He's also the only person preventing that talented team from having any success.  One of the worst coaches in the league for sure...


WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Playing the injured Pack is NOT exactly a milestone if they win

johnny_pizzle
johnny_pizzle

This is not surprising.  The Lions are one of the most undisciplined teams in the NFL.  With the talent on their team, they should be playing better football.  They are their own worst enemies.  The chronic penalties they rack up, the foolish antics from their players, and a head coach who essentially let's the inmates run the asylum.  For as bad as the Lions have been for all those years, I want to root for them, but I just can't for the reasons I just stated above.  Schwartz has accomplished nothing in the NFL, well so have most Belichik disciples, but that's a story for another day.

JeffreyClinansmith
JeffreyClinansmith

@ianlinross what have you dont for me lately? what have the lions done well into this season that constitutes a lack of discipline bording on thug behaviour? 

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

@jrealy You set the bar pretty low for "respectable".  Andy Reid did a decent job of bringing a team back from 2-14 to a respectable level.  Schwartz has spent a few years getting sub-par return from some of the best draft picks to be had.

BenMyers
BenMyers

@Joe R2 And yet people still call Jim Harbaugh a tool over "The Handshake", despite it being after a preseason meal where Schwartz patronized Harbaugh and told him to expect a losing season.  So Jim gloated some at making the jerk eat his words.  I can't wait til people rlize Schwartz's old boss Fisher is just as much a tool Career .500 coach and Cowherd acts like he is the second coming, lol.

ken2010
ken2010

@johnny_pizzle I dont agree the Lions are much better then they have been in the past so to say Schwartz has done nothing is foolish. If you have watched any of the games the lions WR and TE just cant catch, they get the ball right in the numbers and drop it or hand it to the other team. That leaves us with Stafford which will sometimes either play 30 min or 40 min but never 60 min.

jrealy
jrealy

@NebojsaTodorovic @jrealy As the great Marty Mornhiweg once said, "The bar is high!"  In all seriousness though, the bar for success is higher for most NFL teams than the Lions.  One 2-14 season is nothing compared to being the perennial cellar dwellers for multiple decades.  Nevertheless i still think a coaching change would be the best option as long as it's not another first timer or giant system overhaul.  If Schwartz can get these guys under control for the remainder of the season I might be willing to entertain the idea of him coming back but if they stumble into the playoffs and go out in the first round I would look elsewhere.