Lions' Teryl Austin also won't break down Hail Mary

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Teryl Austin

Allen Park — Much like coach Jim Caldwell, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin did not want to discuss the Hail Mary that helped the Packers win last Thursday's game.

"I'm not looking back at the Hail Mary," Austin said Thursday in his first media address since the devastating loss. "That's been answered ad nauseam. We do like we do every play. We go back, we look at it, what's good, what's bad, and we fix it and we move forward."

But, some of the questions have yet to be answered, including which coach decided to defend for a play with multiple laterals instead of the deep pass. The Packers were at the Green Bay 39-yard-line with one untimed play remaining, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers proved more than capable of throwing a pass that could reach the end zone.

Austin declined to answer what exactly led to the decision, instead pointing to Caldwell's previous responses.

"I believe coach answered that he's in charge of everything that goes on around here, so that's how that was answered," Austin said. "And I have nothing more to add to that."

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The absence of wide receiver Calvin Johnson was surprising as he typically plays defense on a Hail Mary try. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah surprisingly didn't rush the passer, instead playing a containment position near midfield.

Whatever went wrong, Austin had little interest in diagnosing the 61-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to tight end Richard Rodgers.

"I don't think that has to be answered, though," he said of why the Lions chose to defend for a lateral play. "Our strategies aren't answered, (or) we'd have to answer everything all the time.

"The play is what it was; there's nothing you can get back from it. So, we're moving forward, and we're looking forward to this week."