Detroit Lions head coach blames 'losing his cool' for the brain fart that gave the Houston Texans a free 7 points.
In the end, the blunder arguably cost them the game, with Houston winning with a field goal in OT. Schwartz threw the 3rd quarter challenge flag when he saw Justin Forsett was clearly down at the 25-yard line.
The referees didn't call him down and he continued for the TD, making it a reviewable scoring play. In throwing the flag illegally, the play which was to be reviewed, was not reviewed per the NFL rule. It also drew a 15-yard penalty.
The rule is a bad rule, but a rule nevertheless, and Schwartz did know the rule.
"Yeah, I know that rule," Schwartz said via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
"You can't challenge a turnover or a scoring play and I overreacted. I was so mad that they didn't call him down 'cause he was obviously down on the field. I had the flag out of my pocket before he even scored the touchdown. That's all my fault. I overreacted in that situation and I cost us a touchdown."
FOX NFL Rules Analyst Mike Pereira on the call
If we go back to last season, it seems like a little karma was in the works in Detroit yesterday. If we remember, Schwartz was the guy who yelled at Jim Harbaugh to "know the rules" when the 49ers coach tried to challenge a non-reviewable play.
To further his 'blew my cool' explanation, Schwartz cites an earlier play that was still simmering in his head when he threw the 3rd quarter challenge flag.
"He was down. I mean (our guys) saw him down on the field so that's natural" to stop playing, he said. "If you go down and you dive on him and you hit him in the head or you hit him with your head you're getting a 15-yard penalty, so it's puts defensive players in a tough position like that. I mean, obviously he was down. But you can't blame that on the players. That's just the NFL and me blowing it by throwing the flag."