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Before coming to the Lions, Schwartz was a defensive coordinator with Tennessee. Titans safety Michael Griffin was amused by what happened after the Lions-49ers game.
"He used to always get us fired up," Griffin said. "Schwartz comes off as a nice guy, but when it comes to football and that game is on and it's ready to play, coach Schwartz is into it and ready to play and he backs his guys up 110 percent."
For his part, Schwartz downplayed the effect of his emotion.
"I don't know if it really means a whole lot," he said. "Everybody's competitive in a game, and usually when the game's over, everybody shakes hands and goes on to the next game."
Of course, that handshake was the whole problem Sunday, leaving Schwartz and his players to answer as much for the postgame brouhaha as for anything that took place during the four quarters.
"I don't think it's that big of a deal. It's one of those things that happens," wide receiver Nate Burleson said. "We're an emotional team, and we go as our head coach goes. We're going to continue to approach the game with passion just like he does, and I think how we've been playing is a direct reflection of how Jim is."
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