• McCarthy Takes a Hard Shot at Schwartz


    Over the past few weeks, the Packers and Lions have been engaged in a little war of words. It all started when the Packers cancelled the last day of mini-camp so they could attend a group outing at a gun range. When asked about the Pack's decision to cancel practice to go skeet-shooting, Jim Schwartz
    fired off this blast:

    “We had no sporting clays today or no amusement parks or water
    parks,” Schwartz said after the Lions’ final minicamp practice today. “Work
    day of minicamp.”

    “We take a lot of pride in the fact that we play for a blue-collar town and
    we try to reflect that kind of work ethic, and we have very few
    opportunities to practice this off-season,” Schwartz said. “Ten OTAs, one
    minicamp and we talked in the beginning, every one was crucial and couldn’t
    afford to waste any of them. And that’s our point as a team.

    “These guys will get out of here later tonight, some of them out tomorrow,
    maybe after the weekend. Some guys are staying in town. But they have plenty
    of time to enjoy the rest of their summer before they get to training camp.
    Today was a work day for us.”
    Later, when asked during an appearance on the NFL Network about the Lions' offseason troubles and whether or not it would affect them on the field, wide receiver Greg Jennings offered up this brutal assessment of his division rivals:

    "Can they maintain their composure, both on the field and off the
    field?" Jennings asked. "They're a very talented team, but they have
    struggles on the field containing their composure, and definitely, the
    things we've heard of, them being in the media with off-the-field problems
    and off-the-field issues. Can they maintain their composure? Can they be a
    professional ball club for 16, 17, 18 solid weeks throughout the regular
    season?"
    Fair assessment, methinks. The Lions have had their share of issues on the field (they were the second most penalized team in the NFL in 2011 behind only the Raiders) and off (six arrests since the Super Bowl plus news which emerged today that defensive tackle Corey Williams was arrested for DUI in June 2011).

    Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch took exception to Jennings' candor and took to Twitter to show his displeasure with the receiver:

    Stephen Tulloch

    @stephentulloch
    "
    Who is Greg Jennings to talk about the Lions? The guy should worry about his own team...."
    During an interview Thursday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was asked about the Schwartz' comments regarding skeet shooting. It was at this time that McCarthy strapped on his defending NFCN championship belt, polished up his Super Bowl ring, slipped it on his middle finger and fired off this salvo:

    “Their approach is really tailored to the way they go about their
    business, starting with their head coach,” McCarthy said. “I don’t know what
    the problem with skeet shooting is; I thought that was probably one of the
    best events we’ve ever had here....Just the interaction with the policemen
    and the players was excellent. You were literally handed a gun, pulled the
    trigger and handed it back to the police officer. That part of it was in
    place for the safety,” McCarthy said. “But it was really a neat day. We’ve
    tried some different things, and by far it was our best group dynamic/team
    building event that we had. I actually got a chuckle out of hearing someone
    else worried about us taking our team skeet shooting.”
    Boom goes the dynamite. Coach Schwartz, you just got owned.

    Comments 8 Comments
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      Schwanz is clearly losing control of his team, if he ever had any. They didn't know Corey Williams (Packer/Green Bay West retread) had a DUI 13 months ago? Wow. Tight ship you run there. I have respect for the Lions franchise and their fans, but if their coach wants to talk to the press, how about giving the dish on how you're keep your guys on the field and out of the joint. The Bad Boys routine is played, and if the Lions don't make the playoffs, so is the Schwartz.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Is there any doubt that by 2015 Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh will be recognized as the 2 douchiest head coaches? They're both great coaches but they have no filter between their brains and their lips.

      Sure, Belichick and Payton are evil, Ryan is a blowhard and Pete Carroll is a wanker. Jim and Jim just remind me of the stereotypical douchenugget with the popped-collar Izod polo from every 1980's teen film.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Jim Harbaugh lived that life in Ann Arbor in the 1980s. As much as he is remembered there as the best QB Michigan has ever had, his charity golf outings and other good deeds as an alum, Harbs will always be most remembered for being an ******* of the highest order.

      I'm clearly biased when it comes to Schwartz. What he has done with the Lions is remarkable. To take an 0-16 football team to 10-6, a playoff berth, a 5,000+ yard passer and to help Megatron evolve into the very best receiver in the game is nothing short of remarkable.

      McCarthy just swatted him like a bug, though. I love the part where Mike talks about how, when his guys walked up to the cops at the gun range, they were handed weapons. It was a clear shot at the Lions who, let's face it, when they meet a cop, are usually handcuffed, read their rights and stuffed into the back of a police cruiser.
    1. edave's Avatar
      When I first listened to the G&G episode, I didn't think there were any swipes at the Lions nor do I think McCarthy really intended to make one. In retrospect and seeing what others have had to say, the Lions certainly aren't going to have the viewpoint.

      Also for Patrick, the shooting outing was Wednesday, they came back and finished OTAs the next day.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by edave View Post
      When I first listened to the G&G episode, I didn't think there were any swipes at the Lions nor do I think McCarthy really intended to make one. In retrospect and seeing what others have had to say, the Lions certainly aren't going to have the viewpoint.

      Also for Patrick, the shooting outing was Wednesday, they came back and finished OTAs the next day.
      Ahhhh...

      Schwartz' comments were after the last day of mini-camp. I thought the Pack had taken that day off as well.

      Thanks.
    1. chris's Avatar
      Lions certainly don't need to go skeet shooting to spend quality time with police and guns do they.....lol
    1. Curtis's Avatar
      Schwartz needs to stop worrying about other teams, since he can't control his own. Some chump Lion just got pinched for threatening people with a gun in PA.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      LOL! Hey; When you won a Super Bowl & your division rival is walking out of the NFL cellar, I guess you gotta nudge somewhere, right? Those Super Bowl Rings are kinda like chandeliers for your fingers. Those are approved Man Rings.