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Lions confident in plan, even at 1-5

Despite their 1-5 record, the Detroit Lions are showing progress in a rebuilding process that has been long and difficult.

And they intend to stick with their plan, Coach Jim Schwartz said.

"To have confidence in that plan and to not panic or overreact to bumps along the road" is the key, Schwartz said in a phone interview. "If you want to build and if you want to build for the long haul, I don't want to say future, but you want to build for the long haul and build a team that is going to be consistent over time, there is a process that is involved there and you can't take shortcuts.

"When you can put pieces in place like a franchise quarterback, franchise defensive tackle, young players at different areas of your team, skilled guys that are complementary. And [if] you have confidence to stick with a plan, not to panic or change course every two seconds or overreact to different things, I think you can build for the long haul."

The Lions believe they are finally on the right path.

"We obviously didn't start this season the way we wanted to starting at 1-5," Schwartz said. "But, again, our franchise quarterback [Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2009 draft] has played less this year than our third-string quarterback.

"We have been a competitive team and we haven't been able to get over the hump. We need to be able to get over that hump. We have some pretty good pieces in place. We can't let circumstances and things like that affect our plan and affect our confidence in our plan."

By Jason Reid  | October 28, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Tags:  Detroit Lions  
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Comments

Not sure what Schwartz is complaining about, his 3rd string QB (Shaun Hill) has played better than his 1st string guy.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 28, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

This just screams "trap game" to me. Hopefully, the 'Skins put it together and take care of the Lions. They've got a bye week to recover.

Detroit are dangerous. 100% focus is vital.

Oh, and F-D*ll*s.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | October 28, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

lavar looks fat

Posted by: goose33 | October 28, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Man oh man. What the heck happened to Arrington? He's got to be within a cheeseburger of 270lbs. I look at some of the older Redskins like Mark May, Mark Schlereth, Monte Coleman, Darrel Green, Art Monk...well you all get the idea. All of those guys and many more still look like athletes but after just a few short years, Chocolate Eclarrington is doing his best Buster Douglass impersonation.

Good grief, Tony Saragusa thinks DoveBar Arrington needs to mix in a jog and a little fiber.

I guess his signature move went from the "Lavar leap" to the "Refrigerator creep".

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 28, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 28, 2010 1:54 PM

Oh. You are a combat Veteran. My apology.

WWII, Vietnam, Gulf I, OIF, or OAF?

Posted by: smokeybear2 | October 28, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I have likely stepped on tougher people on my way to a real battle."

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 28, 2010 1:54 PM

Oh. You are a combat Veteran. My apology.

WWII, Vietnam, Gulf I, OIF, or OAF?

Posted by: smokeybear2 | October 28, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Star Wars vs Star Trek convention..

Posted by: ga8085 | October 28, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Not to pile it on, but Arrington looks like a homeless dude.

I know, I know, his pockets are straight but sweet Jesus, at least have a little respect for the people that pay you now when you know you're getting taped.

Even Ricky Williams thinks Arrington's wig is nappy. So does Don Imus.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 28, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

beep- AH post I probably will not read in full -beeps

Posted by: RomoLongballs | October 28, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to fix this headline:

Apparently, Dan-O has been booked.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 28, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest. The Lions 3rd string QB is not Shaun Hill, it is Drew Stanton. Hill is the 2nd string QB. Stanton took over for Hill in the second quarter of The Giants game, after hill broke his nonthrowing forearm. Stanton has in fact played more this season then Stafford who has played not quite 2 full quarters.

Posted by: krakatoa1883 | October 28, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The danger with The Lions, is that they could of won five of their six games. If anything, they have penilized themselves out of winning their close games. They are a team that is still learning how to win. The difference between this years Lions and last years, is that now they are competitive.
Their Offence has a lot of weapons, and can really put up yardage and points. However, their O-line is still pedustrian. Their defence is almost all D-line, they have a few playmakers in their secondary, yet no LBrs. They have been playing outstanding special teams this year, and are a much tougher team in Detroit. Should be a very close game.

Posted by: krakatoa1883 | October 28, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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