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Lions coaches growling at each other during loss

Matthew Stafford, Scott Linehan

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) talks to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan an NFL game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept, 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


The Lions didn’t stomp on any Packers Sunday.

Keeping them off each other might have been more of a challenge.

Lions receivers coach Shawn Jefferson was seen barking at offensive coordinator Scott Linehan after a conservative set of play-calls in the red zone.

I’d rather not go into it,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, via Anwar Richardson of “Everybody was disappointed not to be able to score a touchdown on that last drive.”

Leading 17-14 with the ball the Lions turned a first-and-10 at the Packers 10 into a field goal, when Mikel Leshoure ran twice and Matt Stafford threw incomplete to Titus Young. They settled for a field goal to push the lead to 20-14 with 4:25 left.

The Packers responded with a touchdown, and after Detroit had to punt on the next possession, Jefferson was seen yelling at Linehan, saying: “I said throw the ball.” Linehan did not respond.

Jefferson’s biggest beef could have been ignoring Calvin Johnson there, despite the fact he had 113 yards and a touchdown at that point.

“It’s not unusual [not to not get the ball on first-and-goal late in the game],” Johnson said. “I mean, the coverage kind of dictates what happens a lot of times. They were playing a little two-trap, so it made it tough.”

Frustrations often boil over on the sidelines, but it’s usually between players, or a player and a coach.

When the guys charged with keeping control lose theirs, it’s not hard to wonder why things are the way they are for the Lions.