Just read this post on the D- NEWS website.
Posted by John Niyo (The Detroit News) on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 3:58 PM
Schwartz: Lions still may be on the offensive
Back at the Senior Bowl, Lions coach Jim Schwartz sat down for a Q&A with Yahoo! Sports.
Some excerpts ...
Schwartz on the value of offensive talent: "I think, historically (in the NFL), teams that are good on offense are more consistent year to year. I think offensive players are more consistent year to year and, on defense, guys will have good years but there is more volatility on defense from year to year. One year you might be really good but the next year you're not as good, things like that.
On last year's offensive-heavy draft: "Just because I'm a defensive coach doesn't mean we're going to go against our draft board. I started my career in scouting. I know the times when you're tempted to say we need to help this side of the ball or this position; generally, that's a poor strategy. We didn't choose to say we're going to take a quarterback in this draft. We evaluated the players and the quarterback was the guy we thought was the best player. We thought he was the best player on the board. When it came time to pick at No. 20, Pettigrew was the highest-rated player on our board. At 33, Delmas was the highest-rated player on our board. There really wasn't a strategy other than to take talent. We had the luxury -- actually, whatever is the opposite of luxury " that we didn't have any position where we weren't going to take a player. And we're probably going to be in the same position this year, except at quarterback. Any other position, we'll be open to."
From The Detroit News: http://apps.detnews.com/apps/blogs/lion ... z0fvl5F4FD