The Lions wrapped up their last day of mandatory minicamp with what has been described as a “offense vs. defense brawl.” While intensity and competition are good things to have in practice, losing your cool to the point that you fight with your teammates isn’t.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz was livid with the fight, which occured during the two-minute drills, and laid into the team pretty heavily once things cooled down. Schwartz was still steamed when he spoke to the media after practice:
“We had that situation come up in OTAs and we sort of laughed that you can’t fine the players. But guess what? There are going to be a lot of fines from today. It’s not acceptable what happened. When you have guys entering fights that aren’t involved in it, you know, that’s unacceptable. They’re going to get taxed pretty heavy for that.”
The Lions have had a penchant for losing control and getting stupid penalties over the last several years, and that is something that this coaching staff deems unacceptable. Schwartz demands that his players play smart and under control, while keeping their emotions in check.
With Commissioner Goodell’s focus on player behavior on and off the field, a fight like this in a regular season game could cost the team field position and scoring opportunities on the field and suspensions and fines off the field. Schwartz is determined to put an end to this issue no matter what it takes:
“I was tired of it. It’s been addressed, it’s going to be addressed more and, if it happens again, it’s going to be addressed in a different way.”