EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Matt Kalil could sense the Detroit Lions having success against him last week while the play was going on. He was on his own on the left side of the Minnesota Vikings' offensive line and felt Detroit's pass rushers constantly trying to beat him inside.
What Kalil couldn't figure out then was the reason for the Lions' continued approach inside. Kalil was one of the top pass-protecting left tackles in the NFL last season as a rookie, coming in as the No. 4 overall pick and starting every game on his way to a Pro Bowl appearance.
As soon as Kalil returned to the Minnesota's facilities on Monday to watch film, he was able to dissect what happened in Sunday's loss at Detroit. His talent allowed him to be a first-year sensation. His confidence could help him overcome a slow start in his sophomore campaign.
"It's just little things," Kalil said of seeing mistakes on game film. "It's not like big things, like I'm freaking out, 'I got beat a couple times, my season'...