The heart and soul of the Detroit Lions is, of course, their defensive line. Also casually known as “Silver Rush,” this unit is one of the most intimidating and tough groups in the NFL. Their physical, aggressive play has come under attack recently, and there’s no doubt elements of discipline need to improve in 2012 for the team to be taken seriously.
How good will the Lions’ defensive line be? Will they avoid the issues that plagued them in the past? We delve into all that and more as we preview “Silver Rush” today.
Who’s The Guy? Ndamukong Suh, Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Boesch. These three are the clear statistical and emotional leaders on the line. Suh needs to bounce back after a statistical slump in 2011, and he also needs to control his emotions. Avril’s play has been fantastic, but he’ll want to stay consistent to gun for a big contract. Vanden Boesch, in need of health, will remain a fierce terror off the edge, pressuring opposing quarterbacks despite getting a bit older.