Former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz didn’t defend only his former quarterback during a radio visit in Nashville on Tuesday. Via Michael Rothstein of, Schwartz also disputed persistent criticism of Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

“There were a lot of things that were completely untrue that were said,” Schwartz told 104.5 FM in Nashville. “Somebody said that Ndamukong was constantly late and was doing it to show up the coaching staff and all these different things. And I can say categorically, in four years as a player there, he was late zero times in four years, and I know that for a fact. I was there every single day. Ndamukong was one of our first guys in the building every single day, and he matured as a player also.”

A cynic would point out that Schwartz has no reason to admit he couldn’t control Suh, because that would ultimately be a bad look for Schwartz.