Detroit’s Jim Schwartz moving on from fracas

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz works the sidelines in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns in a preseason NFL football game Aug. 19 in Cleveland. The Lions won 30-28. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz works the sidelines in the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns in a preseason NFL football game Aug. 19 in Cleveland. The Lions won 30-28. ASSOCIATED PRESS


– 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 couldn’t have more respect for Thomas Dimitroff,” Schwartz said. “I was a kid who started about as low as you can start in the NFL and Thomas was with us in Cleveland and Thomas was probably lower than me. At least I was in the building. Thomas was out on the grounds crew, pulling tarps and painting fields.

“I think all those guys, we all have a lot of respect for each other and we’re all friends off the field. If I’m sitting at the owner’s meetings or at the combines, there’s nothing I love more than sitting next to Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff.”

After what happened with Harbaugh, he’s looking forward to the post-game handshake with Smith.

“I think I’ll get back on track with handshakes this week,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz doesn’t believe that his team will be distracted in wake of the incident with Harbaugh.

“Our guys are a good focus group, they play hard and they realize it has nothing to do with the game,” Schwartz said. “I think I’ll just leave it at that.”

The Lions are 5-1 for the first time since 1991.

“We’ve come a long way,” Schwartz said. “We lost a game last week, but it was nice to see an opponent celebrating a win over the Detroit Lions. If we beat somebody the last couple of years, a lot of times they were shaking their heads going how did we lose to those guys.

“It’s nice to see somebody celebrating a win against us now and I think our fans are right there with us. Like I said, it will be a good atmosphere when you guys get here on Sunday.”

One last thing, is Kid Rock going to be in the house on Sunday?

“He comes around a lot,” Schwartz said. “The thing that Detroit likes the most about Kid Rock and Bob Seger and a lot of those guys is they could afford to live anywhere in the world they want and they choose to live here in Detroit. People in Detroit respect that and they won’t forget it. Not sure if he’ll be here. He’s getting ready to go back out on tour, but I know if he’s not here he’ll be watching.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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29 comments Add your comment

Mr. Phil

October 19th, 2011
12:18 pm

I don’t think there was enough talk on what a jerk Harbaugh was being. Come on, pulling your shirt up and dancing around. It’s a regular season game dude. Act like winning is normal and not a surprise treat.

Michael M.

October 19th, 2011
12:23 pm

Theres enough rough house stuff going on during the ballgames with the Players let alone the Coaches going at it and besides Coach Smitty would knock him out with his left hook,right cross combination he has been working on this week at the local YMCA !


October 19th, 2011
12:40 pm

“it was nice to see an opponent celebrating a win over the Detroit Lions.”

Wow. I mean, I know what he’s trying to say… but still, wow. Hopefully, he will enjoy watching the Falcons celebrate a win over the Lions as well. =)


October 19th, 2011
1:11 pm

“Thomas was out on the grounds crew, pulling tarps and painting fields.

Hey Thomas maybe you should stick to what your good at? GM? NOT….lol


October 19th, 2011
1:12 pm


Tell it like it is.

October 19th, 2011
1:26 pm

well i hope the Falcons have found them selfs after the Carolina win,if not it will be along day in Detroit.The Loins and 49ers are playing inspired football this year,unlike the Falcons, after six games in the season the falcons are 3-3, and hopefully on the rise to a winning streak


October 19th, 2011
1:34 pm

This is the game that will define the rest of the season. Win and playoffs are possible/likely.

Lose and it’s wait until next year. (Hopefully with new, more agressive and imaginative, co-ordinators).

That’s how I see it, anyways.

Damage Inc.

October 19th, 2011
1:52 pm

Who woulda thunk it? Detroit=Hard, Indy=Gimme

St Simons - we're on Island time

October 19th, 2011
2:25 pm

See, this is what happens. A good, young, impressionable writer who we like, sees 3 craven, cheesy coworkers sling mud for blog hits, and it rubs off on him. Cmon, don’t follow – lead. You da man, stay above those 3 clowns.


October 19th, 2011
2:29 pm

Hope the Falcons lose

JayCool 4DABirds

October 19th, 2011
2:52 pm

It seems that Schwartz was a little bitter about the loss and acted like a sore loser. Harbaugh’s reaction was not bad at all considering his underrated team had just beat a good team in their house. Not to mention he is a rookie coach.

JayCool 4DABirds

October 19th, 2011
2:58 pm

Mark my word Detroit’s stock is about to take a downfall. That loss really hurt their feelings and they do not comeback well from losses.

The Real Falcon

October 19th, 2011
3:17 pm

Anyone who thinks Schwartz was overreacting or bitter has never played sports.
Who cares what Herchel hopes.

True Falcon Fan

October 19th, 2011
3:26 pm

@CGD – Let’s play a game of what if??? CGD is the owner of the Atlanta Falcons and you are now in search of major personnel to be announced soon: CGD, there rules, you must first have solid knowledge of the game of football i.e., the NFL to best of your esteemed ability is OK—-

The positions to be filled and hired by you are as follows:

1. New Head Coach: ? 
2. Assistant Head Coach: ? for your benefit this person could be either or OC or OD
3. Name your OC “offensive Coordinator”: ?
4. Name your DC “defensive Coordinator”: ?
5. Name your owner QB: ? 

CGD, play the game or be square , your are very much full of yourself, I for one would be interested in your real knowledge of the game and correct personnel needed to be a winner?

True Falcon Fan

October 19th, 2011
3:27 pm

@CGD —- Also you need to name a New G/M ??


October 19th, 2011
3:59 pm

Harbaugh is an A$$! 49′ers are good and he is good coach but show a little class.Maybe he will tear down a goal post ext game.

joe white

October 19th, 2011
4:29 pm

Lions going down, falcons win 24-17


October 19th, 2011
4:52 pm

@True Falcon Fan-Nice! I love these guys that squat on the blogs screaming about firing or cutting everyone….Time to put up or…well you know the rest….


October 19th, 2011
5:12 pm

Kid Rock be there? Maybe. Maybe not. The closest Waffle House is:

Waffle House #1544
(419) 843-8043
TOLEDO, OH 43617-1148
56.49 miles away


October 19th, 2011
5:13 pm

Oh yeah. Falcons win. Joe White’s prediction is about right. 24-17.

T'Town Dawg

October 19th, 2011
5:44 pm

Really great reporting, NOT… what about questions that pertain to keys to the game? Detroits running back injury status? Please, Please, Please, give us quality articles…..

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October 19th, 2011
7:27 pm

I guess I’m just dense… I saw an exuberant Harbaugh, not one trying to incite a riot.

As for Schwartz, I hope he’s disappointed again this week.

Detroiter Tout-Jour;

October 20th, 2011
8:07 am

Dean- What has Waffle house got to do with FB?
About the game Falcons needs to keep Ryan upright if not it will be a long Sunday, and it’s going to be cold at Ford Field.

Milt Olsen

October 20th, 2011
9:52 am

This game could not be better for the Falcons. Detroit does not come back well from losses and the Falcons are just starting to begin to find their way and some of the players are starting to step up. Detroit is still an average team and cannot sustain their momentum. The OC and DC will start to change things up a little each week in order to keep the opposing teams guessing. Falcons win 31 to 14. The SB is wide open except for maybe STL, Carolina, and Philadelphia. Falcons have a good a chance as any team right now


October 20th, 2011
8:48 pm

I love falcons i love my birds…dirty ones…I like my dogs my Uga Dawgs my boy Stafford if Lions win that is all right ….if Falcons win..that would a great deal and I believe strongly that Falcons will be favorite by 6.


October 20th, 2011
10:08 pm

Mike Smith running off the field after the emotional win and there he goes going to shake the hand of the Lions coach, and now what’s the controvery? Mike Smith gives him a fist bump! Good game-dawg. Now Detriot’s coach is furious.

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