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Not after Sitton ripped their defensive line, coach Jim Schwartz and members of his defensive coaching staff.
They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time. That’s what they do. That’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags. That’s how they play, and that’s how they’re coached. It starts with their frickin’ coach.
— Packers guard Josh Sitton
Two days before the Thanksgiving game, Sitton did not hold back his criticism of the NFC North rivals. During his regular radio appearance on WSSP 1250 AM in Milwaukee, Sitton was asked whether the Lions would try to knock out Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers if Rodgers were to return Thursday from the broken collarbone that has kept him out since Nov. 4.
“Absolutely; I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Sitton said Tuesday on WSSP. “They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time. That’s what they do. That’s who they are. They’re a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags. That’s how they play, and that’s how they’re coached. It starts with their frickin’ coach. It starts with the head coach, Schwartz. He’s a d—, too. I wouldn’t want to play for him. It starts with him, and their D-coordinator and their D-line coach. They’re all just scumbags and so are the D-line.”
Rodgers is not expected to play against the Lions even though he returned to practice on Tuesday.
Bad blood has existed recently between the two teams. Two years ago on Thanksgiving, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was ejected after stomping on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
When asked how the Packers can keep the Lions from playing dirty, Sitton said: “It’s all about attitude, man, you take it to them before they can take it to you. We have to set the tone of the game as the offensive line. We’ve got to establish the line of scrimmage and establish that tempo and the attitude early in the game. We have to be the ones that are in charge and not let them take charge.”
- Covered Packers for Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1997-2013
- Two-time Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association