5 Reasons Jim Schwartz Is Not to Blame for Detroit Lions' Poor Discipline

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5 Reasons Jim Schwartz Is Not to Blame for Detroit Lions' Poor Discipline
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The Detroit Lions are back to winning.

After a couple of ugly losses, there was a notable lack of costly 15-yard penalties against the Minnesota Vikings—good thing, considering how close that game turned out to be.

Regardless, penalties continue to be an issue for the Lions, and Jim Schwartz continues to be a lightning rod for criticism in that area.

With Ndamukong Suh returning from his two-game suspension, and the Lions closing in on a playoff berth, there will be a magnifying glass on the Lions' behavior down the stretch, and Schwartz is likely to see more than his share of blame for any missteps the Lions see down the stretch.

But should he? Certainly, discipline issues tend to trace back to the head coach, and that's fair to an extent. When a worker steps out of line, blame the supervisor. But there's more to the situation than just Schwartz failing to corral a pack of wild dogs.

For starters, let's address the most obvious argument.

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