Detroit Lions coach, Jim Schwartz, showed the patience of a saint,
while playing against the Saints on Sunday night. He watched his team
throw away a chance for victory by committing penalties that displayed
a total lack of professional discipline, maturity, and intelligence
... for the second consecutive week! Two young players, Titus Young
and Stefan Logan, let their emotions get away from them in critical
situations. Young threw a punch at an opponent as an official
separated them from a wrestling match; and Logan taunted a Saints
player, throwing the ball at him after a play. In both cases, Schwartz
calmly "coached" the immature players, placing his hand on their
helmets, and talking to them in what appeared to be a very tolerant
tone of voice.
At another critical point, TE Brandon Pettigrew drew a penalty for
shoving an official who was separating him from a conflict. Again, we
saw no loss of patience from Schwartz.
The most egregious behavior, however, may have come from veteran WR
Nate Burleson, who was called for Offensive Pass Interference FOUR
times for exactly the same move - pushing off the defender with a full
extension of his arm. FOUR TIMES! I honestly can't remember seeing any
WR called for that penalty 4 times in one game in all of the 50+ years
that I've been watching NFL football! How can a veteran player be so
stupid that he doesn't correct his "technique" after he's called on it
2, or certainly after THREE times in a game?!
I was amazed by Schwartz's ability to maintain his composure
throughout so many displays of just plain stupidity by these players.
I have to commend him on his success in controlling his emotions as
this unfolded before him. I found myself wondering what Vince Lombardi
would have done in those situations! :-)
The game film should be used by every football coach in the country to
demonstrate to his players that the game must be played with the mind,
as well as with the body. If the Lions don't make the playoffs, the
total lack of professional discipline, maturity, and intelligence
displayed by the players in this game, and in the game last week, will
be the reason why.
George - I support Newt Gingrich for President!
I stand by my personal belief that the foundation of the American way
of life is made of two primary elements: individual freedom and
individual responsibility. Newt Gingrich has the combination of
intelligence, experience, and patriotism required to strengthen that