POSTGAME CHAT: What Lions coaches and players had to say following Sunday's 27-20 win

Posted Sep 22, 2013

From social media to the locker room, read and watch what players and coaches had to say following the Lions Week 3 win at Washington.

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"Yeah it was emotional. I’m proud as can be of our team. We played a tough game on a tough road environment against a tough NFC environment on a road win. We had some adversity and a pick six early that we had to overcome. The defense hung in. That was a tough, heartfelt game." -- Head coach Jim Schwartz on throwing his headset after the win

"He worked his butt off to get ready to play. He was in the training room 24 hours a day. He was sleeping with an apparatus on and stuff like that to try and get ready to play. I just made the decision that in this case we needed to have healthy guys in there and he completely understood." -- Schwartz on Reggie Bush being inactive for this game

"I was happy. We had the quarterback sneak call on the first time, (but) we switched it and came back. I told Joique to just push me." -- QB Matthew Stafford on if he second-guessed the sneak on 4th-and-1

"The guy is tough to bring down ... It’s nothing flashy. You don’t sit there and 'ooh' and 'aah'. The guy is tough to bring down and makes great plays.” -- Stafford on RB Joique Bell filling in for Bush

"They have speed out there, they're big strong guys, they're athletic and they can move as well as push the pocket back. And that was one of the emphasis that we wanted to do -- not necessarily run with the guys, but set that edge with our three technique or our defensive end. We felt like we did a good job with that, pulling them up in their stretch game. So that was kind of the main focus for us as defensive ends and defensive tackles." -- DT Ndamukong Suh on the play of DEs Willie Young and Ziggy Ansah

"Yeah, things got a little heated a couple times in there. It wasn’t really talking. It was just the shoving matches. That always happens whenever we play. It’s cool. It’s good to play somebody with passion like that. It’s good as the player he is. One ball I caught, he actually caught it at the same time down there like right there on the goal line. It’s good to compete against guys like that." -- WR Calvin Johnson on whether T Riley Reiff had to separate him and CB DeAngelo Hall


"They were running routes that we knew they were going to run all week. He extended the play, he was sitting back there for a while, threw the ball up and I tried my darndest to jar the ball out. With the pressure of my body in the ground, the ball came out." -- CB Rashean Mathis on defending the WR Aldrick Robinson touchdown that was overturned

"It's always important to be a part of any NFL team, period. For me to be able to come back to my home state, play for my home college team, play in front of all my college friends and family, it gives you an amazing feeling." -- RB Joique Bell on winning and playing for Detroit

"Maybe the statement that Tony Dungy made the SOL -- 'same old Lions' -- isn't ultimately correct. I'm not trying to say that he's wrong. I understand where he is coming from, but we know how to fix and correct our mistakes. It's going to take learning and some experience and wisdom that we have to instill in some of these young guys. Just for everybody out there that is doubting us and is concerned about our mistakes, we are not the 'same old Lions'." -- WR Nate Burleson on what it says about this team to bounce back from last week's loss

"We knew he was going to try run the ball a little bit this game. Obviously, he’s been taking a lot of pressure so we felt like he was going to come out and try to run the ball to get into the game early and they did that. We just had to do a good job of staying patient, reading all our keys, and trying to keep him contained when he wanted to make a big play. And we were able to do that and we got a win." -- S Glover Quin on winning despite Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's impact