• Schwartz Screw Up Hurts Lions in Eventual 34-31 OT Loss to Texans

    Summary of 8 articles · Updated Nov 23, 2012
    Lions coach Jim Schwartz threw a challenge flag when he didn’t need to, allowing the Houston Texans a huge break in their eventual 34-31 OT win over the Lions. The screw up took place as Schwartz broke an NFL rule by attempting to challenge a scoring play. Even after the screw up though, the Lions could have been bailed out when Jason Hanson got his shot to win the game in OT, but he pushed a 47-yard field goal and it hit the right upright. The coaches recently were flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct Schwartz in Detroit's eventual overtime loss to Houston on Thanksgiving Day for throwing the challenge flag on a play that is automatically reviewed. All things looked good for a solid portion of Thanksgiving Day for the Lions. The NFL decided to penalize coaches for throwing a challenge flag on turnovers and scores plays that are automatically reviewed for two reasons: To avoid delay of games and to prevent coaches from trying to show up referees.
    Source: lionsgab.com
    • NFL says it will discuss coach's challenge rule

      Ray Anderson, the league's vice president of football operations, said the NFL's Competition Committee will discuss whether to change the challenge rule that Lions coach Jim Schwartz and Falcons coach Mike Smith violated the past two weeks.
      Source: ESPN.com
    • Jim Schwartz's Illegal Challenge Doubled The Texans' Chances Of Winning The Game

      With the possible exception of the tuck rule, the p that tripped up the Lions and Jim Schwartz has to be one of the dumbest in the game. You don't have to throw the challenge flag because we'll review it on our own, the rulebook says, but if you throw t…
      Source: deadspin.com
    • Jim Schwartz: I overreacted by throwing challenge flag

      During the game that ended with a near fight following the postgame handshake last year, Lions coach Jim Schwartz yelled at 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to “know the rules” when Harbaugh tried to challenge a play that wasn’t reviewable. That episode was
    • Lions' Schwartz Hurts Team but Does League a Favor

      Coach Jim Schwartz inadvertently brought attention to a rule that can't stand up to scrutiny and that surely won't last.
      Source: nytimes.com
    • Chris McCosky: Chris McCosky's Four Downs: Challenge rule needs to be modified

      The NFL decided to penalize coaches for throwing a challenge flag on turnovers and scores to avoid delay of games and to prevent coaches from trying to show up referees. What they didn't factor in is natural emotion.
      Source: detnews.com
  • Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions

    After the Detroit Lions' 34-31 loss to the Houston Texans, here are three issues that merit further examination: In the hours after the loss, many Lions fans were upset to see the emphasis on coach Jim Schwartz's mistaken challenge and Ndamukong Suh's k…
    Source: ESPN.com

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