Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz followed his team’s 40-32 win over the Bears by denouncing any suggestion by the Bears or anyone else that former Bear Israel Idonije gave aid and comfort to his new team by clueing the Detroit offense in on how the Bears blitz.
Schwartz termed as “ridiculous” the notion that running back Reggie Bush could be hearing the Detroit offensive-line calls regarding stunts as such (although Bush hearing the calls wasn’t really the point).
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs didn’t use the same “R” word as Schwartz, but he thought that Idonije imparting what he’d learned from his time in Chicago wouldn’t have made any difference anyway.
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“What information could Izzy give them?” Briggs said. “We play the Detroit Lions twice a year for as long as I’ve known. They have all the information that they need. We’re not a complicated defense.”
Schwartz wasn’t done with his sour-graping as a winner.
Bears rookie tackle Jordan Mills was flagged once for holding and guard Kyle Long once for hands-to-the-face. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Schwartz declared, “I can’t believe we didn’t get about a hundred holding penalties against them today.”
This from the coach of the team going into Sunday’s game tied for third in the NFL with 27 penalties, versus the league average of 19.