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Lions coach takes subtle dig at Packers

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Here's an item from our friend and Gannett brother Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press yesterday after the final day of the Detroit Lions minicamp. Lions coach Jim Schwartz, surely aware that the Green Bay Packers took one of their minicamp days to go to a local shooting range rather than hold a practice, had this to say at the close of Detroit's camp: “We had no sporting clays today or no amusement parks or water parks,” Schwartz said after the Lions’ final minicamp practice . “Work day of minicamp.” As Birkett noted, the Lions did manage to fit a charity fishing tournament in their minicamp schedule. Schwartz also said: "We take a lot of pride in the fact that we play for a blue-collar town and we try to reflect that kind of work ethic, and we have very few opportunities to practice this off-season. Ten OTAs, one minicamp and we talked in the beginning, every one was crucial and couldn’t afford to waste any of them. And that’s our point as a team. “These guys will get out of here later tonight, some of them out tomorrow, maybe after the weekend. Some guys are staying in town. But they have plenty of time to enjoy the rest of their summer before they get to training camp. Today was a work day for us.”    

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