Rob Demovsky | ESPN.com
DETROIT — A 40-10 blowout loss at the hands of the Lions on Thanksgiving at Ford Field did nothing to change Josh Sitton‘s mind about Detroit’s defensive front.
Two days after the Green Bay Packers left guard called the Lions defensive linemen “a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags” and ripped coach Jim Schwartz, he offered no apologies.
“I said what I said,” Sitton said after Thursday’s game. “I’m not taking it back.”
The Lions sacked Packers quarterback Matt Flynn seven times and held the Packers to just 126 total net yards of offense. Their only touchdown came on a fumble recovery and return by safety Morgan Burnett.
“They played good,” Sitton said. “I mean, they played good up front. No one ever said they’re not a good front. We know that. I think they’re probably the best inside front probably in the league. But like I said, I don’t take anything I said back.”
It didn’t take long for Sitton’s comments, which he made Tuesday on Milwaukee radio station WSSP, to reach the Lions.
“They go after quarterbacks,” Sitton told WSSP. “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.”
Sitton said he did not think those comments motivated the Lions.
“We’re grown men,” he said. “We don’t need extra motivation and if you do, it’s kind of silly. We’re in the NFL. At least I’m self-motivated. I don’t need anything else to motivate me.”
Lions defensive end Devin Taylor, who had two sacks, felt otherwise.
“I think it just kind of helped fuel our fire for this game and everything,” Taylor said. “But it’s the same thing every week. Everyone always has their comments and everything they say about us so we just go out and play and do what we can do every week.”
“A lot of people have their opinions,” said Suh, who had four tackles and one sack. “People have opinions about me. We just go out there and play. It really doesn’t mean anything to our defensive line, let alone the rest of our team and coaches. We just go out there and execute. We got the most important thing done, [which] is winning.”
Information from ESPN.com Lions reporter Michael Rothstein was used in this report.
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