Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was really excited after his team’s 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, so much so that he had his players carry him off the field like he’d just won the Super Bowl.
As you might expect, this didn’t go over well in Detroit.
Lions wide receiver Golden Tate wasn’t about to let Schwartz’s move go unrecognized, and he took advantage of a radio interview with Detroit’s WMGC-FM on Tuesday to blast Schwartz for his controversial decision.
“I thought it was so disrespectful. So disrespectful. I didn’t like it at all,” Tate said. “If I knew I wasn’t going to get fined, I would have snatched him right down off their shoulders and threw him on the ground, personally.”
Tate never played under Schwartz in Detroit, as the 26-year-old was traded from the Seattle Seahawks in March. Yet that didn’t stop him from questioning the former Lions head coach’s character.
“It’s a terrible gesture. Just being a spectator, that’s not the first time that he’s done some things like that,” Tate added. “One thing that I heard, I don’t know how true it is, I heard that it was planned, like, ‘do this if we win.’ That’s a total douche move.”
Tate might be right, as reports surfaced after the game that Schwartz asked his players during minicamp to carry him off the field if they beat Detroit.
The Bills welcome the New England Patriots to town next Sunday. Tight ends coach Brian Daboll is a Buffalo native, so maybe his players will hoist him on their shoulders if the Patriots can pull off a win.
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