- 01/09/2009, 05:38PM ET
Da Cheezer said 01/09, 05:38 PM
- Get a good cornerback:
Last season the Lions interception leader had 1 pick and all-together the team had 4. Detroit gave up an average of more than 230 passing yards a game last year. On a season that translates into more than 3700 passing yards. They gave up 25 passing TDs, 3rd most in the NFL. Also opposing QBs QB rating against them averaged out to be over 110.0. Finally they gave up nearly 9 yards per attempt and opposing teams completed 68% of their passes.
The best QBs they faced were:
Jason Campbell- once
Not what you would call an allstar lineup of QBs, right?
-Get a big DE, or LB who can get sacks and stop the run:
Detroit's run defense may have been even worse than their pass defense last season. They gave up 2750 rushing yards last seasonwhich was 200 more than the second worst rush D team. They gave up an average of 5.1 ypa which was also most in the NFL. They also gave up more than 170 rush yards A GAME!!! Finally, they gave up 31 rush TDs which is another most in the NFL.
Good luck D-Fan!
DetroitFan*: Damn You Costas! said 01/09, 08:29 PM
The Lions are a mess, and they have some big holes to fill. What they need to do is try to bring in a Good Coordinator or a coach that has had success being a head coach, like Steve Spagnuola, or Mike Shanahan.
The Lions need a defensive line, that can rush the passer, before they focus on the secondary, otherwise the QB on the opposing team will have all kinds of time to find the hole. So, they need to get a pass rushing DE, or a DT in the draft, such as Brian Orakpo. So getting a pass rushing defense would be more effective right now than getting a Cornerback, and giving the QB all kinds of time to throw.
Next, the Lions offensive line is garbage. Gosder Cherilus has not done bad, but he is a rookie and he is only 1 player. The Lions have given up the most sacks in the last couple of years, and the O-line of the Lions needs some additions, somewhere. Such as a player that might land 20th in the draft in Duke Robinson or Jermon Merideth.
A Linebacker is what I agree with, they need to go after Brian Cushing in the draft, with his ability.
Manning, Brees, Ryan, Campbell, and Rodgers did pretty well. A defensive pass rush would give them more of a run for their money.
DetroitFan*: Damn You Costas! said 01/10, 09:42 PM
I see you may have stepped out for the day, or so.
I will just continue with my point that I needed to finish from my first argument.
Peyton Manning (NFL MVP)
Drew Brees (Top 5 NFL QB)
Matt Ryan (OROY)
Aaron Rodgers (28 TD's and 13 INT's with a 6-10 Team)
Jason Campbell (Best Year of his Career Numbers Wise)
And they are not a very talented bunch? I beg to differ.
However, that is besides the point of the true issue. In order to make INT's on defense, the QB needs to get pressured. The only way he will be pressured is with a pass rush from your defensive line. If they can do that, then they will force a few more INT"s without adding a bunch of players to the secondary. So work on the Defensive Line as your TRUE focus.
The offensive line is where the QB needs to get protected, which is the main thing we are looking for. The running attack started working towards the end of the year, but there is always room for improvement. Nowhere better to build an offensive line on the Lions offense.
You didn't touch the Coaches.
A better GM or a decision maker like Bill Parcells would be an upgrade for us in the front office, they need a Decision Maker.
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