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New Lions Defensive Coordinator, Gunther Cunningham, is set to have the Lions blitz on 40% of the team's defensive plays in the coming season. This is very troubling for any number of reasons.
The first being if the Lions are going to blitz this much, it seems that opposing Offensive Coordinators will have an easy time picking apart the weak Lions secondary. More than that though, the Lions are not good enough to blitz this much.
Think about it, who is going to blitz? Is Cunningham going to use one of his linebackers to blitz? The Linebacker corps may be the only strength on this defense and Cunningham is going to use one of them to go all blitz happy. Does that make any sense?
Call Cunningham a Defensive genius if you want, but this guy hasn't been good since a guy named Clinton was our President. Since 2004 he has been the head of a no name defense in KC and has done nothing with it. Last year with his blitz happy scheme the Chiefs managed only 10 sacks for the year. Along the way giving up 393 yards per game, and 27.5 points per game.
The sad thing about that is those numbers are better than what the 2008 Lions defense was able to produce, so in that way the Lions are better off. But let us be real for a minute, this team isn't good enough to blitz this much, the secondary is weak and this is a recipe for failure.
Yet this is the Standard Operating Procedure of the Detroit Lions. Do what ever, hire whomever, the Lions front office doesn't think their fans are smart enough to understand any of it anyway. The sad thing is they have a point, Every year Lions fans line up like sheep to buy season tickets and attend the Thanksgiving day game, regardless of what the Lions did in the off season to improve themselves. In Detroit the front office has no incentive to win.
Here is the best case scenario for the Lions, their ddefensive coordinator ran the second worst NFL defense in 2008, and their GM was the assistant to the guy who destroyed the franchise. Before that Martin Mayhew was in charge of Player/Personnel for the XFL. Apparently William Clay Ford Sr. would like to loose money on the scale of Vince McMahon and NBC Sports.
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