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New Defensive Philosophy Will Help Detroit’s Cause

Published by on May 20, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Football strategy at the NFL level is so complex that it has the ability to trump all other variables. Great players fail in bad systems. Likewise, mediocre talent can succeed if put in a position to do so.

The concept of a team being over-matched by the system it runs was painfully clear while watching the Detroit Lions last season, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

Ernie Sims was lost, Keith Smith was confused and several other Lions defenders were downright frustrated while playing in the Tampa two defense. The fact that the Lions had a novice defensive coordinator in Joe Barry running the defense only compounded the team’s problems.

Even with last year though, a new era has begun ...

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