Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis (left) and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz (right) shake hands after the game at Ford Field. Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions: Highlights from Jim Schwartz’s Monday Press Conference


Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz held his usual Monday press conference this afternoon, here are some of the highlights.

  • Rashean Mathis wasn’t able to finish the game but wasn’t “worse for the wear”, went as far as he could.
  • Riley Reiff was limited but was able to return to the game, wasn’t a situation where he was going to hurt himself or the team.
  • Will have to see how it goes with injury situations at tackle, potentially could be forced to make a move. Too soon to tell.
  • Dylan Gandy would have played tackle if Reiff wasn’t able to return to the game.
  • First had to check if blocked field goal return would be automatically reviewed if classified as a turnover. Decided not to challenge after talking with officials, would have been 15 yard penalty if the play wasn’t able to be challenged. In retrospect, Schwartz says he should have challenged it. Wouldn’t comment on if he was misled by officials.
  • Had a tough matchup with strong Cincinnati defensive front. Make it difficult to win the game by not being able to run the ball and not forcing turnovers on defense.
  • Not getting a turnover result of everyone needing to do a little more. Have guys in coverage, need to be better when blitzing. Dalton did a good job protecting the football.
  • Lions take the ball first because they have Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.
  • Darius Slay stepped in and did some good things. Had some bad technique and allowed a reception but played physical.
  • Matchups between Bengals tight ends and Lions linebackers was more about their coverages than the Bengals offense.
  • LaAdrian Waddle probably started better than he finished but did his job, was prepared.
  • Calvin Johnson is probably sore but he was also Megatron yesterday. He wasn’t Calvin, he was Megatron. Did everything to put them in position to win that game.

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