Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/17/12

DETROIT , MI - JANUARY 16: Jim Schwartz head coach of the Detroit Lions talks during a press conference after being introduced on January 16, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hopefully, that doesn’t include their arrest record. Lion Head Coach Jim Schwartz has done a great job turning the once futile Lions into a legitimate playoff contender. However, maturity plagues this team, and if the Lions are to improve on their 2011 campaign, there are going to be adjustments on and off the field. While Schwartz didn’t talk about his team off season troubles, he had plenty to say about the on the field stuff. Jim Schwartz spoke on WNST in Baltimore with Glenn Clark and provided some insight into the 2012 Lions mentality. Schwartz talks about getting over the happy to be there philosophy, and becoming a team that expects success:

“This is a great fan base here. Expectations are always high within a team but I think everyone else’s expectations are a little higher after the season that we had last year. We really can’t pay a whole lot of attention to that. We just have to go to work and not worry about last year, worry about training camp and today’s practice and keep our focus on shorter term things. We have good personalities to do it. Guys like Calvin Johnson, he’s not only our best player but he’s the hardest working player so it makes it easy for those guys. We’re at a different place than we were three years ago when the team was coming off 0-16. That had never been done before in the history of the National Football League. Now we’re coming off our first playoff appearance in a decade. Everybody has high expectations but it doesn’t change the job that we have to do but fourth year now in an offensive system, fourth year in a defensive system and third year for special teams. There’s a lot of continuity that goes on. We return a lot of starters and we don’t have to start over from square one and we don’t have to spin our wheels as much as we had to in the past.”

Schwartz, a disciple of the school of Bill Belichick, expressed how every game is important, even in the preseason:

“Oh no, we definitely want to win. We weren’t very happy with losing the last game. Winning is a habit and it doesn’t matter what you’re going about and what your objectives are, the number one objective is always to win the game. We need to play a little bit better than we did last week in order to do that.” He went on to explain how they approach preseason games: “We don’t game plan during the preseason. We sort of work on our things but we know who their good players are and you also as part of a preparation as far as preseason, you need to learn how to deal with negating certain offenses strengths or trying to neutralize a certain defensive player or something like that. That’s part of the whole process so we know what jersey numbers those guys wear and we will be ready for them. We don’t necessarily game plan but just personnel and matchups and things like that, that’s such a huge part of the NFL that you need to sort of practice those things also.”

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