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10 takeaways from Cooter & Pasqualoni

Defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter spoke to the media Tuesday.

Here are 10 takeaways from those media sessions:

1. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has rushed just 17 times this season, which is well below his average. The Seahawks have a stable of running backs they're relying on this season, but Pasqualoni is still concerned about Wilson's ability to run. He'll make sure his defense doesn't get lulled to sleep in that regard this week. 

2. When asked about the tight end position, Cooter made the point that while the production in terms of catching passes wasn't really there before this past weekend, the tight ends had been very productive all year both in pass protection and in the run game. 

"Just judging them on sort of pass receiving numbers only, they're a lot more valuable than that to us," Cooter said.

3. Middle linebacker Jarrad Davis is coming off arguably his best game of the season in Miami. Davis played fast, tackled well and was very productive, per Pasqualoni.

4. Frank Ragnow is the perfect example of a young player getting better each and every week. The rookie first-round pick out of Arkansas was dominant for the Lions last week in Miami, and he's been trending that way for the last month. After allowing eight quarterback pressures combined his first two games, Ragnow's allowed just two pressures and no quarterback hits over his last four games. He's also been very good in the run game. He's currently Pro Football Focus' fourth highest graded guard in the NFL in run blocking.

5. Seattle currently ranks seventh in the NFL in rushing at 127.8 yards per game. The Lions have the 30th ranked rushing defense. Pasqualoni knows that's a big matchup this week. Seattle backs Chris Carson, Mike Davis and rookie Rashaad Penny all bring something different to the table. That will be a tough matchup for the Lions' defense this week.

6. The identity of the Seattle defense for years has been the "Legion of Boom" and a stingy, physical brand of football they played. Cooter said Seattle's defense is evolving like everyone else, but they're still playing with the same core schemes they always have, and are playing at a high level. Seattle is sixth overall on defense (326.7) and fifth in scoring defense (19.5).

7. Six games into the season, Pasqualoni says he's starting to see his defense become more comfortable with the scheme and the way in which they're communicating within it. Even more important, according to Pasqualoni, is that he's noticing those guys on defense playing with a lot of confidence right now.

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8. Cooter has used a number of new formations this season as he continues to evolve as a coordinator and play caller. He's used some split back and diamond formations in the backfield. The team has made some nice plays out of those looks. Cooter said part of that has been the new personnel brought in and the different skillsets they offer him.

9. If last week is any indication, the Lions are going to rely on second-year cornerback Teez Tabor after losing Jamal Agnew to a knee injury. Pasqualoni thought Tabor played physical in Miami and tackled well. Overall, he was pleased with Tabor's performance. Tabor still has some things to improve on in coverage, however. Miami completed five of the six passes thrown his way for 69 yards and a touchdown, via PFF stats.

10. Cooter isn't surprised at all with the job Nick Bellore has done at fullback after making the switch permanently from linebacker. Cooter said his improvement week to week is helping this offense.

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