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Detroit Lions: How Jim Schwartz Needs to Hold His Young Team Accountable in 2012
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The Detroit Lions have been the talk of the NFL this past year, not always for the best reasons though. In only three years, the Detroit Lions turned a group of misfits who couldn't buy a win in 2008 to one of the best teams in the NFC last year. This also included the first playoff berth for the Lions since 1999.

On the other hand, four run-ins with law enforcement and a fight between players during practice have unfortunately reinforced the reputation the Lion's have created through the past year. 

From Suh's two-game suspension for stomping on a Packers player on Thanksgiving to committing 11 penalties in a single game against the New Orleans Saints, the Lions have been known as a dirty team who doesn't care for the rules of the NFL. 

Head coach Jim Schwartz has issued public statements saying the team will follow NFL directives, but here are a few things Schwartz can do to bounce back from this troubled offseason.

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