Depth Among Schwartz's Concerns

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz isn't happy with his team's depth. But according to the second-year coach, he is not alone.

Allen Park — Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz isn't happy with his team's depth. But according to the second-year coach, he is not alone.

"There are probably 32 teams that aren't happy with their depth right now," he said. "Coaches are never happy. You have to balance all of that stuff with injuries that occur."

Schwartz was forced to balance sooner than he would have liked after linebacker Jordan Dizon sustained a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter of the first preseason game against Pittsburgh last Saturday.

As a result, the team announced Monday it had signed linebacker Lee Campbell.

The loss of Dizon, who was supposed to be a key backup behind DeAndre Levy, weakens their already thin linebacker core, but Schwartz said that problem is sometimes unavoidable.

"You're always going to have strengths and weakness of your team," he said. "There's a difference between number in a position, having a lot of guys with potential and guys that you can rely on. We still got a lot of work to do over the next three or four weeks."

According to the coach, that work will involve more than figuring out who the starters will be. He said finding roster spots for the reserves is just as important.

"Like I said, there are 32 teams that want that and want to have all-pro's backing up everybody, but it's not reality," he said. "We've got some guys that still have some ground to cover."


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