Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears speaks during Media Day prior to Super Bowl XLI at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida on January 30, 2007. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The Detroits Lions were looking to bolster it's run defense when they signed two d-line veterans, Israel Idonije and Jason Jones to the roster, writes Kevin Patra of NFL.com.
Idonije confimed as much during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio recently.
"I think the focus is first and second down, to be on the end," Idonije said, via MLive.com. "Number one, just stop the run. In that the 4-3 style defense, stopping the run is the first focus. After that, whether it's inside on passing situations, or we're going to do something where I'm flexed outside in the (wide) nine to get after it from there."
Patra writes: ' Playing the wide-nine defensive scheme has led to the Lions defense being gashed in the gaps, especially noticeable on wham and trap plays. Idonije and Jones have more potential to read these plays than young, pass-rush oriented players such as Willie Young and rookie Ezekiel Ansah. '