- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jay Cutler admitted Wednesday that the Detroit Lions got somewhat chirpy in the first meeting between the teams, but attributed it to being a “Monday night game for them, first time in a long time. So they were excited.”
Other players around the league have made similar comments about Detroit’s seemingly talkative on-field nature, but Lions coach Jim Schwartz made it clear he’s not worried about how his team or players are perceived.
“First of all, we don’t care about what other people think,” Schwartz said. “And we don’t care about polls and power rankings or any of that other foolishness. It’s a physical game that’s played on the field. We need to play well on Sunday. All the other stuff doesn’t make a difference, what anybody says, what pundits or experts or players or anything else.”
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who met with Commissioner Roger Goodell to talk about his playing style during the team’s bye week, was recently voted the NFL’s dirtiest player in a midseason player poll conducted by the Sporting News.
The league has fined Suh three times for violent hits, and earlier this season Falcons players accused the defensive tackle of taunting quarterback Matt Ryan when he left a Week 7 game injured.
“I defy … any player in the league is going to talk at some point in the game,” Schwartz said. “Games of football, it’s a physical game. There’s some personality involved in the game. But what matters most is the way you play. And we care about how we play, not what other people think of us.”
The Lions make no apologies for their in-game chatter.