This is why I wish coaches would be more forthright in their post-game press conferences.
Jim Schwartz was asked for details about the incident Sunday where Shawn Jefferson was shown yelling at Scott Linehan on the sidelines. He just chalked up to disappointment and frustration and wouldn’t go any deeper.
That leaves us to try to put the pieces together from the tape and from what little was said in the locker room by the players. It looked like Jefferson was upset with the play calling. It looked like an argument.
It was neither. On his interview on Channel 7 Sunday night, Schwartz said that Jefferson and Linehan were actually arguing the same point.
“In a course of an NFL game, there’s a lot of emotions,” Schwartz told Tom Leyden. “It’s not unusual for coaches to get heated, but what’s regrettable about that is that it happens in public for everybody to see.
Later he said, “Ironically, they were both on the same sides of the argument. They were both arguing the same thing, but in the heat of passion, in the heat of the game, it was coming across a different way. There’s no problems there. They’re both on the same page. We regret that it happened on the sideline, but it’s an emotional game.
“We were very disappointed after not being able to get a touchdown to seal the game away and then also going four-and-out when we had an opportunity to possibly go down the field and kick a field goal to win the game. That’s a time when we have to keep our composure and we didn’t do a good job of that.”
Had he said that after the game, that story would have been mostly diffused.
The topic that the two coaches were agreeing about was most likely receiver Titus Young. Both agreed Young needed to be benched, which he finally was for the final possession.