Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz along the sidelines during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Lions 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Schwartz: I don’t know what to say to Suh, Fairley about penalties


The Detroit Lions played the Philadelphia Eagles in a snowy game. At times visibility was an issue and some penalties got called that weren’t penalties are some missed.

The Lions defensive tackle duo was flagged late in the fourth quarter loss. Nick Fairley was flagged for roughing the passer on what looked like a clean and legal hit. Ndamukong Suh was called for holding Eagles center Jason Kelce on a failed two-point conversion try. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz says he tries to help his team learn from their penalties, but he doesn’t know what to do about those calls.

“It’s difficult, because one of our things we try to do with penalties is try to learn, ‘OK, this is why they called holding on you, this is why they called pass interference’ so that you can try to learn from it and be in better position the next time,” Schwartz said, via the Detroit Free Press. “And in these cases, I honestly don’t know what to tell Nick Fairley or Suh on those plays.”

“Those two plays are difficult because it is hard to tell those guys what to do any different,” he said. “I would be surprised if the league had a different stance on that. If they told us, ‘Hey, this is what they did wrong.’ ”

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