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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions looks on against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on November 22, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions came from behind to defeat the Browns 38-37. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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 success after last year's once-promising season closed with an eight-game losing streak and a 4-12 record. Schwartz said he fully expects the Lions to bounce back with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh leading the way on a team counting on some newcomers and returning players coming off injuries. ''I'm the most confident I've been in four years here as the head coach,'' said Schwartz, who seems to be entering a win-or-else season with a 22-42 career record. ''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 L...
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