Brooks: Top multi-purpose weapons
With Percy Harvin in the news, Bucky Brooks decided to compile a list of the NFL's top multi-purpose weapons. More ...
"Watch this year, 'cause now he's going to have a combination of nobody knowing who he is and everybody knowing who he is," Baker said, according to a Sunday report from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. "You'll see a different guy 'cause he's not going to come out feeling all that pressure and have the sophomore jinx and that self-imposed pressure, 'I've got to do this, I've got to do that.'"
"We haven't moved our defensive tackles around a ton, but it can just help some match-ups here and there," Schwartz said, via the club's official website. "I think that can help us. We're an excellent fastball team, but every once in a while a curveball in the dirt doesn't hurt."
Sixty-five of the team's 75 sacks the last two seasons have come from the defensive line. Included in that total is 19.5 sacks from unsigned franchised defensive end Cliff Avril, so getting him under contract won't hurt, either.
Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com mentions a four-defensive tackle package, but also brings up the New York Giants' "NASCAR" package, which puts four defensive ends on the field on passing situations. The Lions are equipped to copy that package, with Suh playing inside or on the edge, and defensive ends Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Lawrence Jackson (who played defensive tackle in nickel packages as a rookie in Seattle) or Willie Young rounding out the line.