ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - As the Lions get ready to kick off training camp on Friday, Jim Schwartz sent a message during a press conference that this is the most confident he's ever been in four years as the head coach.
Following a 4-12 season that left Lions fans disappointed, Schwartz said there are several reasons why he and his coaching staff are very optimistic for 2013-14.
"We're confident in our players. We're confident in our system. I like where this team is, and we look forward to having a good training camp," said Schwartz..
On Thursday, veteran players reported for physicals and a 5 p.m. conditioning test. According to Schwartz, final physically unable to perform list decisions will not be made until Friday.
Schwartz said that "there is a plan in place" during training camp for safety Louis Delmas, who missed several games last year after undergoing preseason surgery on his left knee.
"Unless something comes up with the physical, I'd be surprised if we went the PUP route with him," Schwartz said. "There's still that possibility, but, you know, we'll just take that sort of day by day. Louis is a veteran player. He's a veteran in our system. He knows exactly what's being asked of him."
Schwartz said that Delmas needs to practice but mentioned that it would be "counter-productive" for him to do just that every single day.
As for training camp, Schwartz said that fans can expect to see something a little different:
"Rather than just shoulder pads you'll see us more in full pads this year," he said. "There's a physical nature to it. There's a lot of things that can happen in those months of preseason games, but there's also a lot of good that can happen.
"I think we're all looking for the positives rather than the concerns or the negatives right now."