Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/19/14

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)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Despite their playoff run a year ago, the Detroit Lions were labeled as an undisciplined team that takes too many foolish penalties. Guilty as charged, but they insist they're trying to do something about it. The Lions were charged with only one penalty in their preseason opener last week, a 19-17 loss to Cleveland. And that lone personal-foul penalty for a late hit out of bounds by safety Ricardo Silva actually appeared to be a bad call by a replacement official because Silva whiffed on the tackle. Before training camp started a couple weeks ago, coach Jim Schwartz showed his players where they ranked last year in penalties compared to some of the league's top teams. It wasn't a pretty picture. The Lions finished 30th out of 32 teams in penalties per game. Detroit averaged 7.9 per game, ahead of only Seattle (8.6) and Oakland (10.2). The Lions were also second-worst in penalty yards per game with 67, better than only Oakland (84.9). Whether it was a fals...
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