Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14

DETROIT , MI - JANUARY 16: Jim Schwartz head coach of the Detroit Lions talks with the media after press conference to introduce him as the Lions new head coach on January 16, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Since football fans across the nation have nothing better to do, now is the time of year when conjecture comes out about who is great, who is OK, and who just flat out stinks. During this period of time, inevitably, the subject of respect comes up. Jim Schwartz has adamantly declared that he doesn't care. That's fine. That's what you want to hear from a coach. For the fans, though, it is a different story. And it should be. They should be dancing in the streets when the Lions get no respect. Disrespected teams don't get prepared for. Disrespected teams don't get an opponents best effort. Despite what Jim Schwartz may say, disrespect often translates into wins for the disrespected. Do you honestly believe that the Denver Broncos were a better team than the Pittsburg Steelers last year? Not a chance. But that doesn't make the loss during the playoffs any less real. When discussing Matthew Stafford, no one wants to place him in the top five quarterbacks in the league, and there are a f...
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