Jim Schwartz found some time to speak with the media at 10:15 this morning.
He spent about 15 minutes answering questions, here are some bullet points:
- Schwartz said he scheduled a dentist appointment for this time sixth months ago because it is typically slow as guys are trickling in for camp. This year has been different and they’ve been going hard since Monday.
- Players are going through physicals and a conditioning test later; the team will have a better idea of their condition by the end of the day.
- Jeff Backus’ injury situation is more than a day-to-day scenario but an exact timetable is not known. He won’t start camp in full practice with the rest of the team. Schwartz said Backus is the “definition of reliability” and “I’m sure he’ll be ready”.
- Rookies will have more on their plate during camp this year because they didn’t have the opportunity to assimilate with normal off-season schedule.
- Objective is to get good football players. Friday at 6 p.m. (time when signings become official) isn’t the finish line and the roster will be a work in progress.
- Coaching staff was able to do some “TV scouting” with Matthew Stafford over the off-season. Saw him throw at halftime of the Georgia spring game.
- Jim Schwartz acknowledged the optimism from fans and national sources and indicated they are also very optimistic but potentially for different reasons. Lions won’t change the way they go about business because of the hype or allow it to be a distraction.
All in all, it doesn’t sound like Jim Schwartz has changed during the lockout. He stuck with the “stay the course” attitude that has become a theme throughout his press conference appearances since becoming the Lions head coach. It is obvious he’s ready to get started.
A recording of the press conference can be found online.