Found January 05, 2012 on Bloguin Best:
After more than a decade of "rebuilding" -- jumpstarted by the work done by Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew after the disastrous Matt Millen era -- the Lions are finally back in the playoffs. Don't expect this pugnacious team to celebrate right away, though. These Lions are hungry for a win. We talked to Al Beaton of The Wayne Fontes Experience, our Detroit Lions blog on the Bloguin NFL network, to get the fan's perspective on this team's long road back to the playoffs. TGS: How gratifying is it to finally see your team in the playoffs again? I'll put it this way. If you were a life-long fan of a team run deep into the ground with the force of a 10 mile wide meteor hitting the earth by the worst general manager/team president/personnel man in the history of, well, everything, you would have reached a point where you believed the playoffs were nothing more than some fantastic rumor, a wonderful, imaginary place where unicorns dance on double rainbows with Cl...

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz focused on stopping New Orleans Saints' big play offense

The Saints led the NFL in big plays this season, racking up 20 or more yards on 83 occasions. That's an average of more than five per game.

Detroit Lions travel to the Big Easy with all the motivation they need

Jim Schwartz has no shortage of bulletin board material this week.  Not only is this the Lions first playoff appearance since 1999, not only would a win be the franchise’s first since George H.W. Bush was president, but now the Saints have upped the ante. Shortly after the Superdome was cleared out following a University of Michigan win in the Sugar Bowl, the outside of the dome...

Lions coach Jim Schwartz wants more than a playoff showing

DETROIT - Maybe one day in the next few weeks coach Jim Schwartz will sit back and marvel at everything the...

Schwartz: Health of Lions improves

Lions coach Jim Schwartz keeps dropping clues this week that his team could be the healthiest it has been all season heading into Saturday's playoff matchup against the Saints in New Orleans.

Jim Schwartz: No need to stress over-stress importance of discipline for Detroit Lions

The team had its worst game, penalty-wise, against New Orleans in Week 13, but the Lions learned in that game, says Detroit's head coach.

Why not us?

In the final team meeting before the last practice leading up to his first playoff game as Lions coach, Jim Schwartz showed his players a video packed with highlights of postseasons past.

Brees has a go-to guy, too

Here's the thing about New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham: The Lions' defensive staff -- and coach Jim Schwartz -- think the team did a decent job containing Graham when the teams met in early December. "He made a couple of plays in the game," Schwartz said Thursday.

The 2011 Detroit Lions: great team, better year

When I took this position as the Detroit Lions correspondent here at isportsweb, I’d be lying if I said I expected to still be writing in week 18.  The playoffs have been something Lion fans constantly talk about, but only the foolish ones actually believed the team had a chance at going to the postseason.  2011 will forever be remembered by Lion fans as the year our long wait...

Steve Spagnuolo, Jim Schwartz, & the Road Not Taken

Spags is my #1 choice for the next Lions head coach--and he ought to be yours, too. That was the closing line of my fifth post ever, the "To Whom it May Concern" for Steve Spagnuolo. I tagged him “Candidate 1A,” thanks to his impressive track record of coaching up defensive backs and harnessing pass-rushing talent. He also had experience in player personnel...

Real Tweets From Real People - Matt Millen

I had anticipated taking a larger look at all the announcing from the day after New Year's Day... until the Fiesta Bowl last night.  That was when Matt Millen had a largely exclusive broadcast window for the nation to revel in his football knowledge, weird logic, mixed up cliches, and overall ineptitude as an announcer.  As I wrote on Twitter last night, it was an epic performance...

Mike Preston: Jim Schwartz carries Baltimore attitude into the playoffs

Lions head coach leads team to its first postseason in 11 seasonsWhen the Detroit Lions meet the New Orleans Saints in the NFC wild-card playoff game Saturdaysome current and former Ravens staff members will be celebrating for Lions coach Jim Schwartz before the game even begins.

NFL 2011: Who's the League's Biggest Lunatic?

Everyone in the NFL needs a little dose of crazy. Not Nurse Ratched, “Medication Time” cuckoo, but something to help them cope with the violence and mental exhaustion of the season. When you go out week after week and battle other armies in minor skirmishes, there has to be something a little wrong with you. While all that viciousness may last only 60 minutes, those players...

Matt Millen defends Ndamukong Suh, applauds Lions

Matt Millen thought the idea was laughable that Ndamukong Suh is dirty and that the Lions' defense is too aggressive. "Let me tell you something," Millen said during Tuesday night's Sugar Bowl at the Superdome. "There's 32 teams in the league. Call the other 31 and ask them if they want him. End of story."

Jim Schwartz says there's nothing extra Joique Bell can provide in scouting the New Orleans Saints

The Detroit Lions signed Bell off the Saints practice squad just a couple weeks before the end of the season.
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