Aidan Hutchinson 'hellbent' to put Bears' game behind him and get Lions' defense back on track

Aidan Hutchinson had a couple lapses against the Bears in Week 14, and he's plenty motivated to be the driving force to get the Lions' defense back on track.
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Overall he did not have a bad game, Aidan Hutchinson made a couple critical mistakes in Week 14 against the Chicago Bears that he has fully owned. One was an ill-timed offsides, and the other was when he called a line stunt (which he is empowered to do) and lost contain on Justin Fields' touchdown run.

Head coach Dan Campbell and linebacker Alex Anzalone have both said they don't see the Lions' mistake-filled defensive effort from last week lasting long. On Wednesday, Hutchinson joined the "let's acknowledge it and move on" party when asked how hard he is on himself for the key mistakes he made against the Bears.

"I mean, I didn’t think it was that bad of a game. A couple of bad things, but I thought I was playing well. Just a couple bad things, but I don’t see this as a bounceback (game this week). I don’t think I played bad.” I had no bad intent,” “Just stupid stuff that is easily fixable, and we’re moving on.”

Aidan Hutchinson takes up baton for Lions' defense getting back on track

Speaking more broadly about the Lions' defense and/or the team as a whole getting back on track this week, Hutchinson took the baton from Anzalone's comments the previous day.

"We’re going to get back “We’re going to get back, and we’re hellbent on it. We’re going to get back to winning football, and that’s been the main goal since Sunday night. I think everyone in this locker room, in this building, is ready to get back to what we were doing.”

Hutchinson has not been a chief problem for a Lions' defense that has fallen off over the last several weeks. He is third in the NFL in quarterback pressures with 76, trailing only Micah Parsons and Nick Bosa (tied with 82 pressures).

The issue has been finishing with sacks, with just 6.5 so far this season. Persistent double-teams and uncalled holds haven't helped, but there are no excuses and Hutchinson is not making any as he leaves last week behind.


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