Originally posted on ajc.com  |  Last updated 10/19/11

ALLEN PARK, MI - AUGUST 04: Head coach Jim Schwartz looks on during training camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on August 4, 2009 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
FLOWERY BRANCH — Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said he’s trying to put his fracas with San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh in his rear view mirror on Wednesday in a teleconference call with the Atlanta media. “Yeah, I was for 49 for 49 on shaking a hand before that,” Schwartz said. “I think I’ll get back to that this week. I mean, I don’t know if there’s a coach I respect more in the NFL than Mike Smith.” Schwartz and Smith coached against each other in the AFC South and have a strong mutual respect. “I came up and started at the very bottom,” Schwartz said. “That’s the way Mike did, too. He earned everything he’s gotten in the NFL. He started in quality control and moved up to linebacker coach, moved up to coordinator and did a good job at what he was assigned and ended up as a head coach and has done an outstanding job of getting the Falcons to be a consistent winner.” Schwartz was also effusive in his praise for Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “I …
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