Which Detroit Lions players will benefit, grappling with the new defensive pattern?

Much has been done about the Detroit Lions and their changing defense agenda. While the 3-4 vs 4-3 issues have likely been overrated by the media – as the coaching staff continues to emphasize – another philosophical shift may be just as important, if not more so.

Lions will now have a more offensive defensive front. On Thursday, head coach Dan Campbell kindly explained exactly what this means.

“I just call it a lot more” Hitting the blocks, “said Campbell. “I don’t want to say we were catching (blocks) and it wasn’t a double gap, we were just a bit more ‘Play on the fight line’ where we now really want to play more on their side of the fight line. This is the best way to describe it. Look, we still have all the front variants, all of these things, but I think probably the biggest difference anyone will notice is simply the fact that we want to – we don’t just run through gaps and close our eyes and stuff like that. We’re not like that, but we’re much more “hit the blocks and play on their side of the scrimmage line”, which is a bit different than what we were last year. “

The reason for this change, the coaching staff says, is to play the strength of your players. In particular, defensive liners such as Alim McNeill and Levi Onwuzurike, who attack the first steps with a killer attack, will be much more effective than in their rookie seasons.

Of course, this move will not benefit everyone. This is the nature of schematic changes. Some players will be left behind, some will benefit, and some are so versatile it doesn’t even matter what schematic they are placed in.

This week in Spotify Live Q&A – where we answer live call questions – we discuss which players will benefit most from these defensive changes, and which players may find it hard to adjust.

Other topics this week include:

  • Should we be worried that the Lions will be? too good and therefore have difficulty finding the next franchise quarterback?
  • More buzz about Aidan Hutchinson
  • Which linebacker could emerge from the “blood bath” contest?
  • Which NFL team will most closely resemble the Lions offensive this season?
  • How can the Lions get Jared Goff back from 2018?

Me, Erik Schlitt, and Ryan Mathews try to answer all these questions in this week’s episode:

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