Finding a way to connect
As a first-year coach Jim Schwartz has plenty on his plate as he prepares for the opening of Lions training camp on Saturday.
One thing he would like to do is get the fans more involved. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 5 the camp at Allen Park will be open to fans on certain days even though bleacher seating is limited.
Dont be surprised if next year the Lions take training camp on the road like they did during the Bobby Ross era when they camped out at Saginaw Valley State. Thousands of fans showed up for the free practice sessions on a daily basis. They loved to cheer the big catch or the touchdown scamper and it was clear to see the players fed off the energy.
Schwartz has no beef with the Allen Park practice facility which he calls one of the best in the NFL.
Probably the biggest issue here this is a great place to have camp, we have plenty of room, we have a great facility, a great cafeteria here but it does limit access to the fans and thats one thing were always looking for ways to try to provide for chances with fans to connect with the team to be there, Schwartz said. Theres nothing imminent with it. Were certainly comfortable here.