Many fans wanted a press conference rampage from Jim Schwartz in the wake of the week one debacle that re-taught us everything we thought we knew about a catch. The organization kept a cool head publicly because there wasn’t anything they could do to change the situation. They took the professional route and moved on respectfully while agreeing to disagree.
Conspiracy theorists that claim the Lions are nothing more than the NFL’s whipping boy gained more traction with a series of phantom personal foul calls went against Ndamukong Suh. To add insult to injury, the league went a step further by assessing a fine to Mr. Suh for his push down of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
The league’s most recent action against the Lions is a tampering judgment against the organization in response to some comments that defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham made last summer. The Lions have until Monday to appeal the decision although it now looks like there is no guarantee they will do so according to Martin Mayhew:
I think that from our standpoint, there’s so many positive things going on with our franchise right now it doesn’t make a lot of sense to dwell around in something negative, and that’s a negative thing. So we’re going to focus on the positive.
Let’s hope this is just public posturing to keep from angering league officials that hold the power to overturn the initial tampering ruling. I can understand taking the high road when there is no recourse. The Lions were never going to get a win in Chicago after it was determined that Calvin Johnson did not complete the process of the catch. The Lions couldn’t get those 15 yards back after the officials mistook a hair-pull for a horse-collar or a push for a forearm shiver to the back of Jay Cutler’s head.
This is different. The Lions were reportedly very upset over the ruling and firmly believe in their case yet they are considering rolling over and accepting the punishment? Give me a break.
I’m not asking for a tirade, I’m not asking for a tantrum, but the Lions finally have a means for effecting change and passing on that opportunity would be extremely disappointing.