LIONS HEAD COACH JIM SCHWARTZ
- On if he saw enough from RB
Jahvid Bestafter two touches
"Well, first of all, he got us off to a good start. Second of all, he was just a little bit tight. He could have continued to play. He didn’t get hurt or anything else, but he just said he didn’t feel loose – just felt a little bit tight, so we just sat him down.
"His legs were just tight. We just didn’t feel like stretching that one of his preseason games.
"Yeah, he’s a pretty good player. He did a nice job on the first play and then really did a nice job on the second one – making that guy miss in the red zone. I thought that was as good a play; maybe he didn’t gain as much yards, but it was as good a play as the first one. But you guys know me: err on the side of caution in a preseason game. If someone says, ‘Hey, he’s having a problem warming up, he’s a little bit tight,’ it just makes sense to sit him down."
- On if S
Louis Delmasdid okay
"Yeah he did. He made it through. Played about 20-some snaps. Made it through fine – didn’t have any issues."
- On the first-team defense giving up some points
"The first drive – we kept them in it a couple times. Had a missed assignment; I think we had a penalty in that one, but I think the biggest thing there is we didn’t give up too many big plays. What we did is we just stayed alive, stayed alive, stayed alive, held them to a field goal. Sort of the opposite side of what I talked about last week with offense needing to score touchdowns, defense found a way to rise up right there. And it wasn’t a good first drive for us, but there were a couple things: we didn’t give up big plays and we were able to hold them in the red zone and then (only) give up a three right there. You’re going to stay in the game and give yourself a chance to win if you don’t give up touchdowns."
- On creating turnovers being something they have to do
"Yeah, we did a good job of attacking the football, stripped some balls out of there. Missed some opportunities for some interceptions. We had some that we honestly should have made; guys just need to play a little bit more aggressive in the coverage that they have and we have a chance to make some interceptions. But we attacked the football good; we were around the football – that’s good to see. Got in the endzone on one, which sort of went 50-50 on them getting a defensive touchdown. But, yeah, the turnovers are always good. It stops drives and puts your offense into scoring position."
- On how he evaluates a game where they win, but the first-team defense gave up 20-of-25 from QB Jake Delhomme
"Like I said, if it’s 20-of-25 and they’re all 4-yard passes, not often are you going to be able to do a lot about that. But we need to play better on defense. We didn’t play our best football on defense – we need to play better. Like I said, there are some things I think they did a nice job with: the turnovers, rising up on the field goal on the opening drive – things like that."
- On RB
Aaron Brownnot making the running back competition any easier
"Yeah, he did a nice job running the football. Going back, it was probably his best complete game as a running back. I’d like to see him get a little bit more aggressive on some of his returns – he bobbled that one ball on the kickoff return – but (he also) did a nice job in the passing game, did a nice job in the running game running both inside and outside. So I thought Aaron did a nice job there."
- On DT
"He was around the quarterback a couple times. It’s hard to really evaluate a defensive lineman until you watch the film. It’s hard to isolate – particularly an interior guy – and be able to see. He’s seen a lot of different things. A lot of different ways people try to attack out defense and getting that experience is good for him."
- On how DB
Amari Spieveydid after being "thrown into the fire" at safety
"I’d like to see him make that one play on the sideline. He got halfway in between going for the hit or going for the pick and if he just goes for the hit, that guy never comes down in bounds. That’s something that comes from experience. He’s been a safety for just a few days on a short week, so I don’t want to read too much into that. I thought he did a nice job tackling – it’s alignments and also needing a lot of work. We knew that was going to be the case going in, but we also wanted to play him quite a bit to get him out there and get him exposed to that stuff. The only way he’s going to learn is getting out there and playing.
"We’re a little bit short on time with him. We’ve had a couple different issues. We’ve had some times where our corners have been so limited in practice that we couldn’t get him any safety reps. And there’s been times that, all of a sudden we have safety injuries, and we have to turn around and get him back out there quickly at safety. Hasn’t been the best situation for him. I think he had one play that he really had a terrible missed assignment. The rest of the time, he just needs to tighten up some alignments and just get a little feel. But he’s tough, he’ll tackle, he’s got good range."
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
- On the first two plays on offense made by RB Jahvid Best
"He did a great job. Guys blocked it up and gave him a crease and he did the rest. He did a great job on that run.
"He’s free releasing on that pass and I didn’t cover out of the backfield, so I gave him a chance and he made a guy miss and got some yards it was great."
- On how Best is special
"He’s quick, fast, he can catch, run. He’s just a good football player all the way around."
- On how they started out fast and got bogged down
"We just kind of shot ourselves in the foot. Had a penalty – the offensive pass interference call kind of hurt us. I think there was another holding penalty on a play to Nate (Burleson); if we eliminate those two and the fumble return for a touchdown, we have a really good day.
"We did a good job and I was proud of the guys coming out of halftime. We put an 11-play touchdown drive together; you’ve got to be able to do that when you’re down at half. They had their first–stringers still on defense, so we played well."
- On chemistry with the wide receivers, particularly on the fade
"We got tall receivers and guys that are great fade guys. Teams are challenging us, playing a lot of man-to-man and no help over the top, so we have to take real advantage of that. Bryant (Johnson) made a great catch on the first one; threw that second one to Calvin (Johnson) a little bit high, but the guy was holding him anyways. It was good."
- On assuming that he’s not going to see much work in the fourth preseason game, is he ready for the regular season
"Yeah. I feel great. I feel like we’ve done a good job this preseason as a unit, getting out there and executing and playing fast – that’s one thing that we wanted to do. We’ve done a really good job of doing that. Hopefully, (we’ll) get some tune-up time in the fourth preseason (game) and get ready to go."
- On the play to WR
Nate Burlesonthat didn’t count and what he saw
"They blitzed the mike backer real late – technically the running back’s guy – by then he was already out on the route. When he came, I scrambled and he was supposed to run a dig route and he bailed on it when he saw me scrambling out and then I kind of just gave him the wave down field and he did a good job and made a great catch. I actually didn’t get to see it because I threw it and kept running; I was kind of behind some guys, but someone told me that he made a really good catch."
- On his options at wide receiver
"It’s something that we’ve been working on a lot – being able to feature everybody and throw it to the open guy rather than the guy that the play is designed to get the ball to; just make sure that we’re patient. They gave us a couple chances to make some big plays and we did a good job of it."
- On the whole offense being ready to start the regular season
"We’ve got to play good in the fourth preseason game and make sure that we’re eliminating some of these penalties that are hurting us. Other than that, we just need to get there and make sure that guys are healthy and ready to go."
- On his feeling about the offense at this point
"I have a good feeling, I really do. There’s obviously certain plays here and there that I wish we could have done a little bit better, but that’s the game of football. You’re not going to be perfect on every play; you just can’t turn those play that maybe, aren’t the best into the worst. We just got to limit our mistakes and not turn the ball over and we’ll be pretty good."
- On what he’s seen from the offensive linemen
"Yeah, they’re doing a great job. They’re starting to work together some. They’ve got a chance to all play these last three preseason games together and they’ve done a great job of protection. I think I’ve hit the ground three times in three games. That’s pretty good and I’ve played quite a bit of snaps and thrown the ball quite a bit too. They’re doing great there. In the running game, we’ve had some (success) running the football. I’m please with those guys; they’re playing hard here. The second year in the system is going to help everybody out and we’re doing a good job." On the offense playing into the game plan, how good he thinks they can be if they exploit defenses: "We’ll have to see on that. If we keep guys healthy and everybody keeps playing like we are right now and you know, get whatever it takes to win games, I think we can be pretty good. I’m excited about it."
- On if he was surprised that WR
Calvin Johnsonwas so wide open on the seam route play
"Very. They brought the corner (back) from the boundary and I knew that. I think their Sam backer (was) supposed to be cutting out to him and guarding him. He was my first look on that read anyways and he gave it too and it was completely surprising. I was excited; it made it easy on me. I didn’t have to try and fit one in there. He did a great job."
RB JAHVID BEST
- On first time touching ball in front of home fans
"I mean it felt good, I wish I would have ended up with six points but it was a good run – it was blocked perfectly so I just hit the seam. "It felt good like I said. It was blocked perfectly I hit the seam and then cut and got a bunch of yards.
- On if surprised by making guys miss at the NFL level
- "I mean it’s how we practice all the time, that is the way we expect to play.
RB AARON BROWN
- On whether he thinks he made a statement about making this team
"Most definitely – I tried to. I was out there on special teams – every little thing that I was trying to get away from last year, I’ve been trying to show them that I am the kind of player that they believed (me to be) last year."
- On his ability to make an impact in all phases
"Exactly, like last week – every phase of the game is important – special teams, offense, and defense. Whenever my name is called, just be fundamentally sound and fire on all cylinders."
- On how good the offense can be
"The offense can be really great. From last year to this year, I was talking to one of my teammates the other day – I’m fired up about this year. The strides we’ve made, as far as being sound, as far as knowing our techniques, knowing our plays, and just going (out) and playing fast and being mistake free – it’s unbelievable the strides we’ve made since last year."
S LOUIS DELMAS
- On how his groin feels
"You know what, I don’t want to speak on it too early, but it felt great. I don’t know if that was the adrenaline running through my veins or (it) being a game day situation. I felt good though."
- On whether the real test will be how it feels tomorrow
"Yeah, exactly. You know what, not even tomorrow; A nagging cramp could come on maybe Monday. Depending on how I feel Monday, that’ll determine what happens after that."
- On how good it felt to get in the game
"I think it was very important to finally get into a game situation with the three new guys that are back there being that they don’t know my voice. We were acquainted on the practice field but a game day situation – they don’t really know me too well. I think this was a great test."