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Schwartz: Peppers 'clotheslined' Johnson on fumble play
By Mark Potash on November 14, 2011 1:43 PM| No Comments| No TrackBacks
Lions coach Jim Schwartz disputed several key penalties called on his team against the Bears on Sunday and added that Julius Peppers could have been called for clotheslining Calvin Johnson on the first-quarter play that forced a fumble and led to the Bears first touchdown.
The Peppers-Johnson play happened on the Lions' opening possession of the game. After Matthew Stafford threw a short pass to Johnson, Peppers reached around Johnson's neck, first with one arm, then with two and knocked the ball loose. Brian Urlacher recovered and the Bears scored a touchdown four plays later for the 7-0 lead.
''Julius goes into attack Calvin. He hits him with a clothesline -- technically that's a penalty,'' Schwartz told Detroit-area reporters at his Monday press conference. ''You don't hear us saying that's a dirty play.'' (That's because it wasn't. No one has ever accused Peppers of dirty play but your guy Suh gets accused of it every damn game so obviously you think that way. It's like your fans say, "we know dirty play when we see it, we watch our guys do it every week.")
The Lions were called for six penalties in the game, including unnecessary roughness on Kyle Vanden Bosch for a late hit on Matt Forte in the first quarter; a face mask penalty on Cliff Avril against Matt Forte; roughing-the-passer on rookie Nick Fairley against Jay Cutler and a chop block by center Dominic Raiola against Henry Melton. Ndamukong Suh also ripped the helmet off Cutler's head with no call. (Just in case you're in doubt THAT was a dirty play and guess who was in the middle of it again for the second year in a row?)
''It was a tough, physical game,'' Schwartz said. ''They're a tough, physical team. I think we're a tough, physical team. (No you're a dirty physical team. Tough is what Cutler is getting right up after getting driven into the turf. Pussy is what your QB did when he went running off to Daddy after a 180 lb Dback had "words" with him and pinned him to the ground)
Nick Fairley's play -- he's got contact with the quarterback while the ball's still in his hand. He's trying to get his first NFL sack for a safety. What he did was he tucked as he [brought him down] rather than just keep on pushing. That's not a dirty play -- good gracious. (Good gracious???????? His first sack, wtf!!! Obviously you didn't watch it from the end zone view like we did. He rolled him and drove his shoulder into the ground.)
Cliff Avril gets a face mask. He grazes the face mask. I mean, the guy's head turns a little bit, which is going to get the flag. Did he hold on to it and do anything? No. (No we play clean football we never do anything wrong)
Suh's going after the quarterback, who's trying to make a move. He's not trying to go down. He's trying to make a move down the field again. But he sees the defender and he goes down. And Ndamukong's here and he ducks right into it.'' (He was trying to slide but didn't have the room and what does his ducking into Suh have to do with Suh yanking his helmet off?)
Schwartz was not asked about the Stafford-D.J. Moore bout that precipitated a major brawl in the fourth quarter, which led to Moore's ejection. But Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday he thought Stafford also should have been ejected. (Of course he should have been especially when the refs had a chance to review the whole thing on replay. Both should have been gone if the ref had any balls)
Both coaches, though, seemed to hope there would no be repercussions. ''It's game of football,'' Schwartz said. ''There are tough, physical things. There are things that happen in a football game. I think we've got a lot of respect for them and I hope they feel the same way about us.'' (Dream on guys. Once Lord Roger of Goodell gets a gander at the game tape he'll be sending out some greetings from the league office.)