Sitton calls Lions 'scumbags,' rips Schwartz

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Things have been relatively quiet between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers since the brouhaha over Ndamukong Suh’s stomp on Evan Dietrich-Smith two years ago died down.

Not anymore.

Packers left guard Josh Sitton stirred things up on Tuesday – two days before the two teams play on Thanksgiving at Ford Field.

Appearing on WSSP radio in Milwaukee, Sitton was asked whether the Lions might try to knock out Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a hit if Rodgers were to play on Thursday. Rodgers is not expected to return this week from his broken collarbone.

Nevertheless, Sitton's answer likely won’t go over well in Detroit or with Lions coach Jim Schwartz and his defensive assistants.

“Absolutely. I don’t think there’s any question about that,” Sitton said. “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 a dirtbags or scumbags. That’s how they play, and that’s how they’re coached. It starts with their frickin’ coach. It starts with the head coach, 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.”

When asked how the Packers can prevent the Lions from going after their quarterback, Sitton said: “It’s all about attitude, man, you take it to them before they can take it to you. 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 tempo and the attitude early in the game. We have to be the ones that are in charge and not let them take charge.”

The entire interview can be heard on WSSP's website.