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The Lions — the team, the coaching staff, the front office — has moved beyond the failures of the past.

Unlike previous head coaches, Jim Schwartz didn’t ignore them. It was more like he met them head on, got over them, and the players have taken on the same persona while following his lead.

4. Cliff Avril, DE, Detroit Lions — He has 19 1/2 sacks the past two seasons, including 11 last season. He has developed into a top pass rusher. He turns 26 in April, which makes him even more valuable.

You might think that a former defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions would believe a coach’s job—especially a coach of young people—is to teach them to win games. Joe Ehrmann, however, says, “The greatest crisis in America today is a crisis of masculinity…A coach’s responsibilities include helping young people to confront and comprehend the toxic culture that is trying to seduce and shape them.”

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