How do you say what can never be said?
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz recently stated that he was looking forward to a different kind of training camp this year. He portrayed a positive attitude about getting his rookies into camp and giving them as much time as possible to get comfortable with the system the Lions run.
So does that mean he was disappointed about the lack of training camp last year?
Maybe, but not likely.
In most cases in the NFL, a negative times a negative is just a whole lot of negative. For the Lions, a negative times a negative meant a positive.
In the 2011 draft, the first three picks for the Detroit Lions were unable to start for them. Those were the very same picks that could have really benefited from a full training camp. So at the end of the day, the Lions had what few teams in the NFL had: Continuity.
The players the Lions fielded to start the season were familiar with the team. They had already played together and knew how to work with eac...