Sunday, October 4, 2009
Schwartz: 'One of worst halves ... ever'
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
CHICAGO -- Detroit coach Jim Schwartz spoke through clenched teeth after Sunday’s 48-24 loss to Chicago, and it had nothing to do with the injuries to his best two players.
Schwartz called the second half “one of the worst halves of football I’ve ever been associated with." He continued: “We were poor on special teams. We were poor on offense. We were poor on defense. We were out-coached. We were out-played. Their trainers were probably better than ours in the second half.”
Later he was asked why he was so upset. After all, the Lions had the Bears on the ropes for the entire first half.
“We lost a football game,” Schwartz said. “You saw the second half of the game. You saw the first half. You saw the second half. It’s hard for me to come up here and point to positives in the second half. You can’t say our arrow is [pointing] up or any other happy stuff. We got out-played in the second half. We played poorly. There is a lot to be ticked off about in the second half.”
Indeed, the Lions managed minus-3 total yards in the third quarter as Chicago built a 13-point lead. And that was before quarterback Matthew Stafford (right knee) and receiver Calvin Johnson (lower leg) left with injuries.
Stafford appeared to twist his knee as Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye sacked him with 8 minutes, 41 seconds remaining in the game. He said afterwards that “I’m fine” but coach Jim Schwartz said Stafford would be scheduled for “a lot” of tests upon returning to Detroit. Schwartz made clear that the injury was significant enough to prevent Stafford from going back into the game.
“If he was able to go back in,” Schwartz said, “he would’ve gone back in. … I wasn’t conceding the game.”
Johnson said his legs got “tight” during the fourth quarter but said he would be “all right.”
More information should be available on both players Monday.