INDIANAPOLIS — While Indianapolis' ultimate goal is to maintain their wild-card positioning for the playoffs, the Lions are just trying to tread water and hopefully work their way back into contention for the post-season.
“I think that’s been, that’s been one of the things that’s been on our, I don’t know what you’d call it, radar or whatever the entire season. Even back in training camp people were talking about the playoffs. I’m not talking about players, people in the media, fans, people around the league. You say, hey all we have to do is go out and compete from week to week and leave the other stuff for the end of the season when that stuff happens," the Lions coach said.
"I think we have to be able to stay in the moment. You have to be able to do that in this league. The last two Super Bowl champs were 9-7 at the end of the season. Both of them were 7-7 with two weeks to go. I think that it’s not always as clear cut as everybody would like it to be. This league has always rewarded people who are resilient and play until the very end. The only game we have this week is the Colts and I think that’s the only thing we can concentrate on. If we do a good job with that, then we go to the next week.”
Schwartz' comments pretty much mirrors what Indianapolis interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians continues to preach to his team.
"I think we’ve been able to play at the end of halves and at the end of games extremely well on offense. But we’re the type of team, we’re going to be in a lot of close games and fortunately we’ve found a lot of ways to win them," Arians voiced.
"The big thing for us is to go on the road and protect the football and play good defense and bring those special teams with us on the road and see if we can play our best football on the road.”