The Detroit Lions are still trying to find all the parts of a good defense, and here are four moves they must make in a revamp of the unit this offseason.
While the Lions boasted an offense that was among the best in the league this season, their defense was among the worst. Aaron Glenn’s unit was noticeably better in the latter part of the season, but they still ranked as the third-worst-scoring defense in the league. Additionally, the defense gave up most total yards to opposing offenses.
If the Lions want to be true contenders in 2023, they must address some issues on the defensive side of the ball. In order to fix these issues, let’s look at what exactly went wrong this season.
When you give up the third-most points per game and the most yards per game, that means you have a lot of work to do at all three levels of the defense. And this is certainly the case for the Lions. They gave up the third-most passing yards (245.8 per game), and the fourth-most rushing yards per game (146.5 per contest). They were middle of the pack when it came to takeaways (17th), sacks (18th), and interceptions (19th). These statistics point to needs all over the field for this defense.
Let’s look at four moves that will revamp the Lions defense into one befitting a contending team.