Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis (31) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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Teryl Austin: Detroit Lions defense needs to play together like Seattle Seahawks, not copy scheme
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

With a physical unit, highlighted by an aggressive, over-sized secondary, it’s expected the other 31 teams will race to emulate Seattle’s style. But there’s one aspect of the Seahawks’ approach new Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin values over any other.

“If you’re going to model after them, the thing that you like that they do is the way they play together, the way they play for each other,” Austin said. “In my opinion, if you have good players and you can get them all to play and buy into the team part of it, I think you have a chance to have an outstanding defense.

“You don’t have to do the scheme the way they do,” he said. “You don’t have to do coverages or whatever they do, but you have to have a group of guys that believe in each other and believe in what we’re doing. Then you can reach great heights.”

Previewing What the Detroit Lions Will Be Looking for at the Scouting Combine
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

While the scouts and staff will pay attention to every player there to some degree, there are definitely some players and positions that will merit more focus than others.

Between the on-field workouts, the extensive medical examinations, the player interviews and the sales jobs by zealous agents, there will be much for Martin Mayhew and the Lions staff to process.

Here’s a look at some of Detroit’s potential focal points in Indy…

Gunther Cunningham remains with Lions, but role is undefined
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

Gunther Cunningham was asked back in December, on the last week of the regular season, what he planned to do next season if the inevitable coaching change was made.

“Coach,” he said. “Unless I write a book first.”

Cunningham, the Lions defensive coordinator under former coach Jim Schwartz the last five seasons, has one year remaining on his contract with the Lions and he has been retained by new head coach Jim Caldwell.

His role, though, has yet to be defined.

Detroit Lions Need To Re-Sign Cornerback Rashean Mathis This Offseason
Clyde A. Speller — Rant Sports

The cornerback position for the Detroit Lions is filled with young players that have yet to prove their potential with the team. Chris Houston has provided veteran experience, but was very inconsistent in 2013. With these issues overshadowing the Lions this offseason, bringing back Rashean Mathis next season would help address the problems.

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