The Lions have added talent and depth to the back seven of their defense through free agency and the draft this offseason, but make no mistake about it, the defense will ultimately go only as far as the big guys up front can take them.
“I do like that pressure because that makes us step our game up,” defensive tackle
The first two units at both defensive tackle and defensive end for the Lions could probably start on most of the teams in the NFL, which says a lot about their depth. It also speaks volumes to the many ways the Lions can attack teams up front.
Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham is hoping it makes the Lions less predictable on defense.
“Well, I call it ‘Grey.’ There’s a great movie out called Grey and if you watch it you’ll know what I mean,” Cunningham said. “The wolves kind of trick (the human characters). They trick them, and the ending of it is great. That’s kind of what we’re doing. We started in the OTAs.
“A couple of coaches wanted to wait and I said, ‘Well, 51-percent says you can’t, so let’s start.’ The players really liked it. We’ve got a lot of varieties of those things we’re doing where they’re up and down.”
Cunningham used the Pittsburgh Steelers as an example of a defense that's made a good living over the years by moving players around in their scheme.
“We’re very athletic with a couple of them,” Cunningham said. “Suh and Fairley can really run and that excites me. We can move some of the ends around, too.
Williams says the defensive line is way ahead of where it was last year, even without defensive end
“I think we're better than we was last year,” Williams said. “We got all the guys back and guys getting used to playing off each other. We got Nick (Fairley) coming in and Nick, he's a great athlete; he's playing inside and outside. We just got to continue to play together and get better.”