Packers’ Josh Sitton on Lions: “Bunch of Dirtbags”
The history between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers may suggest that the match-up between the two on Thanksgiving may not be one for the kids. Parental discretion is most certainly advised as the two teams look to dismantle each other on the day of thanks.
One of the most memorable games between the two was exactly two years ago on Thanksgiving where Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh stomped on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrick-Smith. Suh was inevitably fined for his actions in which he played off as a knee-jerk reaction when attempting to break away from a pile up after the play. Many disagree, and since then have named Suh one of the dirties players in the game today. Packers’ Josh Sitton agrees with that statement, and even goes as far as to label the entire Lions organization as cheap and dirty.
“It starts with their frickin’ coach. It starts with the head coach, [Jim] 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 via WSSP 1250 AM in Milwaukee.
This game would be a more epic battle if Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers was healthy and playing. Instead, Green Bay will have to rely on the effort of either Matt Flynn or Scott Tolzien. From an experience standpoint, you have to assume it’ll be Flynn, although coach Mike McCarthy has not specified as of yet. WSSP asked Sitton if the Lions would try to knock out Rodgers if he was scheduled to play Thursday.
“Absolutely. I don’t think there’s any question about that,” said Sitton. “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.”
Even with Green Bay’s franchise quarterback out, this game should most certainly be must-see TV. All eyes will most likely be locked on the line of scrimage, more particularly when the Packers are with possession. Based off of Sitton’s comments and the history of hate between these two franchises, it should be a blood bath straight out of the gate.
“It’s all about attitude, man, you take it to them before they can take it to you,” continued Sitton. “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 temp and the attitude early in the game. We have to be the ones that are in charge and not let them take charge.”
With a powerhouse offense and a mean defensive line, what used to be the sorriest team to watch on Thanksgiving in the Lions has morphed into one of the more anticipated teams to watch in recent years. Do not be subdued by the effects of a turkey coma before this game is through.
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