Detroit Lions Offseason: How to Address the Secondary

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Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston (23) deflects a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

It’s easy to understand why any casual observer of the Detroit Lions would think that the Lions secondary was the weakest part of the team in 2013. After all, they ranked 23rd in the league in passing yards allowed per the game, and seemed to show up on highlight reels week after week getting beat by a long bomb for a touchdown. It makes sense why many would believe the Lions need to prioritize addressing their defensive backs this offseason. Yet, many believe the talent is there and needs to be developed.

Without a head coach, there is some uncertainty to who will be the defensive coordinator. With a new coaching staff could bring new schemes that may or may not fit the personnel already in Detroit. Here are a few options the Lions could pursue this offseason to shore up the secondary, assuming no dramatic scheme changes.

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