POSTGAME CHAT: Lions react following Monday night loss to Ravens

Posted Dec 16, 2013

From Twitter to the locker room, the Lions comment on a tough 18-16 loss in front of their home crowd

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“Our emotions aren't important right now. We have two games to play, we're one down in our division. So I think that's the most important thing for us to keep in mind at this point.” -- Head coach Jim Schwartz on the team's emotions now that the Lions no longer control their own playoff fate.

"I don't know if he looked 'off', he didn't play his best. There were a couple times I thought that he could make some better throws in there, but that's probably any quarterback in the league you can say that about." -- Schwartz on whether QB Matthew Stafford looked "off" during the game.

"I thought he was moving pretty good. He was playing tough, he was playing physical and I thought he was making a difference in the game." -- Schwartz on whether running back Reggie Bush was limited with a calf injury during the game.

"Obviously didn't play well enough to win the game. That's a good football team we just played. We have to go back, learn from it, move on and win these next two." -- Stafford on the loss.

"We're capable of much better than we did on offense. I thought our defense did a good job of holding them to field goals." -- Stafford on the offense's performance.


“We have all the pieces. We just have to believe we're good and just go out and win the game. We can't feel like we're an underdog or take a back seat to anybody. We have to go out with the mentality that we're the best team on the field and just go prove it." -- S Glover Quin on what the team is missing to be a successful playoff team.

"I think we just have to go out and do it and not wait for somebody else to mess up and wait for somebody to make a play. Just understand that we're playing for 60 minutes." -- Quin on if the Lions are missing the mentality of being the best team on the field.

"There wasn't. It was pretty evident. When we needed to make plays we just didn't have them. We have to do a better job." -- RB Reggie Bush on if there was enough urgency.

"We had a few third-and-onesthat I can think of that we should've had, that we could get in our sleep. We just didn't make it happen. I really don't have any other excuse for you other than we just didn't execute today." -- Bush on what was missing from the offense.

"All you can do is come back and work hard over these last two weeks. Focus in on taking a weakness on or whatever it is that you need to focus in on. Study this film, of course, and come back and get a win next week back at home. Fortunately, we still have a chance. We just have to win these last two." -- WR Calvin Johnson on the loss.

"Matt is doing good, man. Like I said, it's on us. It's a team effort ... I could have had some more plays today that could have changed the outcome of the game, so you can't just put it on Matt." -- Johnson on Stafford's declining performances game-by-game.

"That's now what it is. We're 7-7 now. We have to move forward, we have to bounce back. We have to." -- C Dominic Raiola on the team's 6-3 record turning into 7-7.

"We can figure out how to get even more pressure. There were some tough calls in the secondary, I am sure the referees made the best calls they could. We just have to play the call and keep playing ball." -- DE Willie Young on the defense's performance.

"We're not going to concern ourselves with other teams right now. We have to concern ourselves with things that we can control and keep moving forward." -- Young on needing other teams' help to get into the playoffs.