Found July 27, 2013 on
This Given Sunday:
Jim Schwartz is as confident as ever, not that he's ever lacked confidence, but for some reason, he feels great about his team.
"We have tangible reasons to be optimistic," Schwartz said at a press conference. "I’m the most confident I’ve been in four years here as the head coach. We’re confident in our players, we’re confident in our system. I like where this team is, and we’re looking forward to having a good training camp.
"The players have been able to focus more on football over the last six months, and that’s been beneficial for them."
There's no doubt Schwartz in on to something with that point. The Lions as a team have been oddly absent in this offseason's stream of NFL arrest news, which should allow the team to focus more on football than staying out of jail.
In addition, Schwartz is expecting the team's young players to jump right in, contributing to the team.
"They weren't drafted to find their way or ...
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Allen Park, Mich. -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford knows that much of the team's success rides on his performance.
Entering his fifth NFL season, Stafford has had a somewhat uneven career thus far, due in part to injuries early on and poor overall team play in other instances.
So is Stafford destined to be the quarterback who threw 5,038 yards with 41 touchdowns...
Allen Park, Mich. -- Very quietly, veteran safety Glover Quin is making his presence felt.
"It was pretty seamless, him coming from Houston," coach Jim Schwartz said. "He's been in the league for a little bit, so that was fairly easy for him. Got the terminology, picked up our system quickly and gained the respect of the other guys in the locker room."
Calvin Johnson has given the Detroit Lions something to be proud of the past two years.
He's probably the only person who can say that.
The humble wide receiver, though, would be the last one to boast.
Johnson broke one of Jerry Rice's single-season records last year with 1,964 yards receiving. He also tied Rice's personal mark with a NFL-leading 122 receptions. But...
During one-on-one drills at training camp Saturday Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson made an impressive catch with Chris Houston draped all over him.
The reception drew a roar from the crowd of season ticket-holders and upon hearing the cheers Houston invited the fans to see if they could check Johnson.
Anyone who tries to stop Johnson should keep in mind that Houston Johnson’s...
Reggie Bush has been staying after practice to run sprints, catch passes and hit blocking sleds during training camp.
The Detroit Lions running back says he's putting in the extra work to help him over the long haul of the season and to extend his career.
Bush's new team hopes his plan pays dividends.
The Lions signed the former Miami Dolphin and New Orleans Saint in March...
Tweet We know it’s only training camp, but apparently Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is picking up right where he left off last season and is back to embarrassing defensive backs, this time teammate Chris Houston: Just another example of why Megatron is the highest-paid receiver in NFL history. Football season is right around [...]
With training camp underway for the Detroit Lions and the preseason approaching, we’re putting some positional battles under the microscope with a series of Toss-ups …
Training Camp Toss-up, No. 1: With Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy set as two of the three starters at linebacker, who claims the third spot?
Chris Burke: Ashlee Palmer. There’s not a real overwhelming choice...
(Eds: Adds photos. With AP Photos.) By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Jim Schwartz stepped into perhaps the NFL's worst job of all time, inheriting its first 0-16 team.
When the Detroit Lions gave him his first shot to be a head coach at any level in 2009, he talked about taking on and tackling challenges his entire life.
Then Schwartz helped the hapless franchise improve in each...
The Detroit Lions, like all NFL teams, are fired up about their chances right now.
Jim Schwartz said there's a difference in Detroit.
''We have tangible reasons to be optimistic,'' the fifth-year coach said on the eve of his team's first practice Friday.
The Lions are facing more pressure than usual to win because the pieces seem to be in place to have...
Allen Park, Mich. -- Reggie Bush has what every NFL player wants -- a Super Bowl ring -- and he thinks the Lions have a chance to help him get another.
Bush, who signed a four-year, 14 million contract with the Lions in March, has already fielded questions about the Super Bowl from some of his new teammates.
"First of all, it takes everybody on this team willing and ready...