Lions' Schwartz keeps close eye on OTAs
In the past week the whistle has been blown on the Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders. For the Ravens it was for getting too physical during OTAs. It’s a costly mistake. The Ravens had to forego their final week of OTAs. The infraction against the Raiders was unspecified, but cost them a pair of OTA days. It’s not a first for the Raiders who were called out for too much contact in the offseason three years ago.
Chances are good this will never happen with the Detroit Lions as long as Jim Schwartz is the coach. A team source said he’s never seen a coach who is so careful and is well aware of the limitations. He prepares the drills with this in mind, keeping one-on-ones to a minimum.
It did happen to the Lions in 2006 under coach Rod Marinelli when a guard, who was with the team for a week or so, complained to the NFLPA.
Schwartz is a detail guy. It’s one reason he’s a good coach and should never cost the team some valuable offseason workout time.
Another reason? How can any player on a team coming off a 2-14 season complain that he is being worked too hard?
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