Lions coach Jim Schwartz is preparing his team to face off against the pass rush of the Cowboys. But he says there’s more to it than DeMarcus Ware.
“Spencer on the opposite side is really good. Ratliff in the middle is really good, and they have a scheme where they use a lot of different players interchangeably,” he said on his radio show in Detroit on Tuesday.
Ware leads the NFL in sacks with five, and the Cowboys have 13 in three games. Last week, the Lions gave up five sacks. They hadn’t given up any in the first two games.
Schwartz didn’t blame his tackles, although he benched right tackle Gosder Cherilus after two series last week because he wasn’t stopping Vikings defensive end Brian Robinson.
“We had a snap-count problem on one; we had a receiver run a wrong route on another. Those things can make an offensive tackle look bad,” Schwartz said. “One, the guard should be helping on one. It’s easy to blame a corner when a wide receiver gets a touchdown. It’s easy to blame the quarterback when a ball gets intercepted. It’s easy to blame an offensive tackle when a quarterback gets sacked or hit. But sometimes the truth lies somewhere else.”
Schwartz also talked about playing at Cowboys Stadium. The Lions lost 35-19 last November in their first appearance at Cowboys Stadium.
“That’s a unique place,” Schwartz said. “It seems like it never ends. It’s just one level after another. It’s a very unique stadium. And like I said, it’s tough to win on the road. The Metrodome is as loud as any place in the NFL, and each one has little different challenges. One of the interesting things about Dallas is you walk through a sports bar on your way out to the field. And you’re right there. They rope off sort of the center section, and you walk right through on your way out. There’s people in there drinking and eating wings and things like that, and you’re walking out to coach a football game.”
-- Carlos Mendez