Jim Schwartz tries to clean up skeet shooting remarks

It sounds like Jim Schwartz is backtracking some.

Maybe a lot.

The Detroit Lions coach took what most – or maybe just about everyone – believed was a pretty open shot at Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers during the spring.

McCarthy chose to use one of his team’s OTA’s for a team-building exercise and he took them target shooting for a day instead of taking them out on the practice fields. If you recall, Schwartz took what looked like a mighty open dig at McCarthy when he said, “We had no sporting clays today or no amusement parks or water parks.”

Now, according to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com, Schwartz says that was not the case. His comment wasn’t directed at McCarthy.

“You know what's really funny?” Schwartz said. “I had no idea that it was even that. I had players who were saying, ‘Hey coach, somebody went skeet shooting. Somebody went to a water park. You know what's really funny? (Lions Senior Vice President of Communications Bill) Keenist sent me that article, and the day that article came out, you know what I was doing? Skeet shooting. I thought that was the funniest thing.

“That literally was about us and about where we were. It had nothing to do with any other thing.”

After Schwartz made his remarks during the spring, McCarthy shot back.

“We have a lot of confidence in the way we run our program, and we're always trying to make it better,” he said. “And I think skeet shooting is going to be the difference in us getting back to the Super Bowl. So there."

We’re not sure anyone in Green Bay is going to buy Schwartz’s version of the situation at this point and it probably doesn’t matter. If the Packers have a healthy lead in the fourth quarter against the Lions this season, we will not be surprised if McCarthy keeps his foot on the gas. Let’s just put it that way.

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