From Indianapolis, Indiana
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz left little doubt Thursday morning at the NFL Combine that he was unhappy with two things.
First, it was the penalty that his team was slapped with by the NFL after being found guilty of tampering charges filed against Detroit by the Chiefs. Schwartz said the Lions are innocent and did not tamper with any Kansas City players including S Jarrad Page.
“I believe firmly in our case and I believe we have reached the wrong conclusion in that,” Schwartz said. “We have some more options that we can pursue in that case.”
Detroit has until Monday to appeal the punishment. Schwartz gave no indication whether the Lions would file an appeal or not.
The second item that had the coach ticked off was that so much of the case had become public, including the details of the punishment – a lost seventh-round draft choice and a swap of positions in the fifth-round.
“Probably too much has been said already about something that should be confidential,” Schwartz said. “I’m a little bit disappointed that as much that has come out as has.’
“Too much has been spoken on something that should be confidential.”