Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talked with WXYZ's Tom Leyden on Monday about the heated discussion between offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson that took place late in the team's 24-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
When asked about the exchange between his coaches, Schwartz did his best to downplay the situation:
"It's not unusual for coaches to get heated, but what's regrettable about that is that it happens in public for everybody to see. When one guy's in the box and one guy's on the sideline, it's just over the headphones and it goes on in just about every single game, but that was regrettable that we put it on display for other people."
The incident occurred after the Lions turned the ball over on downs while trailing by one point with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter. After Green Bay scored to take the late lead, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw four straight incompletions in the direction of Tony Scheffler and Titus Young. The Lions ran just 36 seconds off the clock, allowing the Packers to tack on an insurance field goal on the ensuing possession.
Schwartz went on to say that there are "no problems" between Jefferson and Linehan, and that the two coaches are "on the same page." However, he declined to elaborate on what exactly Jefferson and Linehan were arguing about.