Detrot Lions Remake Linebackers in Jim Schwartz’s Image

Posted: 13th June 2010 by Blue in Greer in NFL
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Look at that picture. That's Lions linebacker Julian Peterson on the Vikings All-Pro WR Sidney Rice. Seems to be doing a pretty good job of it too. I've talked about the new faces in the secondary, I've even talked about Schwartz and his history a little. We had a nice discussion on the pass pressure and how that should help. I need to get back into that later, but I wanted to talk about an often overlooked part of the pass defense, the linebackers. First thing we have to know is Schwartz and Gun love their LBs. No other 4-3 team played as many snaps at LB as the Lions, and the Lions LBs actually had more plays than a few 3-4 teams like Baltimore and New England. This isn't something new for them, ProFootballFocus analyzed 26 of the last 33 games in Schwartz' role as Defensive Coordinator ...

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