Lions HC Jim Schwartz insisted Thursday that Calvin Johnson has not merely been playing the role of decoy to allow quarterback Matthew Stafford to look elsewhere for open receivers.
"He's not a decoy at all," Schwartz said. "But if he's taken away, then you have to go other places. We never go in planning on using him as a decoy, but you also need to make smart decisions."
That means not forcing the ball to Johnson at the risk of an interception.