"I said what I said," he said. "I'm not taking it back."
"They play good. They play good up front," Sitton said. "No one ever said they're not a good front. We know that. I think they're probably the best inside front in the league. But like I said, I don't take anything I said back."
Good scumbags. Got it.
Detroit's defense played as if on a mission, but the team downplayed the idea that the comments provided added motivation.
"I don't know if you take it personally, but you sure as heck hear it," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "It's a fine line of making sure it motivates you and making sure you don't step over the bounds on the field. Those guys are motivated enough. This is the NFL. You don't need any extra motivation."
Perhaps they didn't need it, but the extra motivation sure didn't hurt, either.